Midwives of the Revolution: Female Bolsheviks and Women Workers in 1917

TitleMidwives of the Revolution: Female Bolsheviks and Women Workers in 1917
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsMcDermid, Jane, and Anna Hillyar
Number of Pages235
PublisherOhio University Press
CityAthens, OH

The Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 and the ensuing communist regime have often been portrayed as a man's revolution, with women as bystanders or even victims. This volume examines the powerful contribution made by women to the overthrow of tsarism in 1917 and their importance in the formative years of communism in Russia. Focusing on the masses as well as the high-ranking intelligentsia, this volume is the first sustained analysis of female involvement in the revolutionary era of Russian history. The authors investigate the role of Bolshevik women and the various forms their participation took. Drawing on the experiences of representative individuals, the authors discuss the important relationship between Bolshevik women and the workers in the turbulent months of 1917. The authors demonstrate that women were an integral part of the revolutionary process and challenge assumptions that they served merely to ignite an essentially masculine revolt. 

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