Alexander on a White Horse

  • Igor Grdina Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis
Keywords: Alexander Fyodorovich Kerensky, Russian Revolution 1917, temporary government, Bolsheviks, October Revolution coup d’état

Abstract

The paper discusses various interpretative strategies and narratives applied to the role which was played by Alexander Fyodorovich Kerensky (1881–1970) in the Russian Revolution. It critically evaluates views of the provisional government’s president as a non-radical revolutionary, whose work called for an upgrade in a ‘second revolution’, as well as the interpretation which makes him out to have been a counter-revolutionary at his core. Tracing the causes of his actions in 1917 to his personality traits, the study arrives at the conclusion that Kerensky was a revolutionary of an entirely different breed from those who removed him from power in October 1917; for him, the ‘first revolution’ was enough. The contribution also examines those of Kerensky’s actions which benefited his left-wing opponents, particularly his policy of disassembling the government apparatus out of fear of the right-wing enemy.

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Published
2018-06-13
How to Cite
Grdina, I. (2018). Alexander on a White Horse. Monitor ISH, 20(1), 7-31. https://doi.org/10.33700/1580-7118.20.1.7-31(2018)
Section
Original scientific article