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The Fall of TsarismUntold Stories of the February 1917 Revolution$
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Semion Lyandres

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235759

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235759.001.0001

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Matvei Ivanovich Skobelev

Matvei Ivanovich Skobelev

(p.166) 10 Matvei Ivanovich Skobelev
The Fall of Tsarism

Semion Lyandres

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a translation of the Russian-language transcripts of the three-part interview with Matvei Ivanovich Skobelev (1885–1938),a Menshevik deputy to the last Duma, assistant chairman of the Petrograd Soviet Executive Committee from 27 February to early September 1917, and minister of labor in the coalition cabinet of the Provisional Government from May to August 1917. By all counts, Skobelev's contribution to the success of the February Revolution was enormous. He was among the chief organizers of the insurgent forces and the founders of the Petrograd Soviet. His many roles and responsibilities during and in the aftermath of the February Daysare recounted in this long and extraordinarily informative interview in which he does not hesitate to contradict his colleagues in the Socialist camp, to challenge conventional wisdoms, or to ignore the unspoken taboos of the excessively secretive culture of his revolutionary milieu.

Keywords:   Skobelev, dual power, Senioren Convent, soviet of workers' and soldiers' deputies, Sveaborg Naval Base, Baltic Fleet, Stockholm Peace Conference, April Crisis, defensist bloc, coalition cabinet of the provisional government

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