Robert Skidelsky

Professor em. of Political Economy, University of Warwick

Krzysztof Michalski Visiting Fellow
(April – June 2018)

Project:

Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Disruption in the Primorya Region of Far Eastern Russia 1917–1922

The period from October 1917, when the Bolsheviks established their power in St Petersburg, to the summer of 1922, when Communist rule was made effective throughout the Far East, is of particular interest for understanding the dynamics of the Bolshevik seizure of power. Of particular importance is Japan’s attempt to create a puppet regime based in Vladivostok and Japanese support for the Kazakh Ataman Semyonov. The whole episode illustrates the precariousness of Russia’s hold over its Far Eastern empire.