What I Saw in Russia

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byGeorge Lansbury

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1920. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter ix about people There is much talk about Russia being a lifeless nation; that all industry is at a standstill and that the nation is dying. This may be so: I shall here write just what I have seen of people in the streets, in railway trains, theatres, factories, churches and public places. In Petrograd I stayed at the Astoria hotel which faces a big square in which is situated "Isaac Cathedral." I stood at the window at 7 o'clock in the morning and occasionally went backwards and forwards watching people from 7 o'clock to 9 o'clock cross this square, and the thing that kept recurring in my mind was, if there is no work being done in Petrograd, if all industry is dead, why are all these people up so early in the morning? why are some of them hurrying? in fact, why are they about at all? If the whole population is dying of disease and is worn out because of lack of food, why should people take the trouble whilst snow is falling to leave the shelter of whatever homes they possess at this hour of the day? Later on I was in the working class district and saw the trams literally packed with people as are the trams on the Thames Embankment morning and evening. To me it is the most extraordinary thing if all industry is at a standstill that this should be so; but not merely the observation of my eyes but other facts convinced me that although it is true capitalist enterprise and industry has stopped in Russia, national and municipal industry must have largely increased; not increased sufficiently to give people all that they need, but increased sufficiently to enable the Bolshevik Government to maintain in the field an army consisting of millions of men, to transport, feed and clothe this army in such a manner as to enable them to overthrow their enemies on ever...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1920. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter ix about people There is much talk about Russia being a lifeless nation; that all industry is at a standstill and that the na...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217904106

ISBN - 13:9780217904100

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