Sunday, July 23, 2017

Today -100: July 23, 1917: Criminal levity?

Russian troops are retreating. Which is not what their commanding officers ordered them to do. Germany has broken through the front lines, facilitated, the Provisional Government says, “by the criminal levity and blind fanaticism of some and the treachery of the others.”

The provisional government also lists a whole raft of progressive measures it intends to implement, including equal suffrage, the 8-hour day, restoring the land to the peasants, etc, and therefore asks the people to support the country, “which has ceased to be for those inhabiting it a cruel stepmother.”

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