The Russian Revolutions of 1917: The Northern Impact and Beyond

The Russian Revolutions of 1917: The Northern Impact and Beyond

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Edited by Kari Aga Myklebost, Jens Petter Nielsen, & Andrei Rogatchevski

ISBN: 9781644690642 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 200 pp.; 15 figs.
Publication Date: March 2020

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The year 2017 saw a multitude of conferences and exhibitions devoted to the centenary of the Russian Revolutions, both in Russia and in other parts of the world.  The commemoration of this event would be incomplete without an exploration of its Northern dimension; in October 2017, the University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway hosted the conference The Russian Revolutions of 1917: The Northern Impact and Beyond.  Norway and Russia are both northern states, and the two countries have a common border in the High North.  Some articles in this volume, based on the conference proceedings, investigate the impact of the Russian Revolution in Norway and Sweden, while others deal with the High North, e.g. the Revolution and Civil War in Northern Russia and the radicalization of the workers’ movement of Northern Norway; some are also devoted to representations of the Russian Revolution at exhibitions and on the big screen.


Kari Aga Myklebost is Professor of History and Barents Chair in Russian Studies at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. She has published articles and book chapters on various aspects of the historical relations between Norway and Russia throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a special focus on the northernmost regions of the two states. Her works include studies in diplomatic and economic relations, scientific relations in polar research, and state policy towards northern minority groups. She is currently working on a biography of Olaf Broch, Norway’s first professor of Slavonic Studies and a topical figure in Norwegian-Russian relations during the first half of the twentieth century.

Jens Petter Nielsen is Professor of History at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies, and Theology, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. He has published extensively on Soviet history and historiography, as well as on Russian-Norwegian relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lately, he has edited Sblizhenie: Rossiia i Norvegiia v 1814–1917 godakh (Getting closer: Norway and Russia 1814-1917) (Moscow: Ves’ Mir publishing house, 2017).

Andrei Rogatchevski is Professor of Russian Literature and Culture at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway. Among his latest co-edited volumes/thematic clusters are “Filming the Strugatskiis,” Science Fiction Film and Television 8, no. 2 (2015), “Russophone Periodicals in Israel,” Stanford Slavic Studies 47 (2016), “Madness and Literature,” Wiener Slawistischer Almanach 80 (2017), and “Russian Space: Concepts, Practices, Representations,” Nordlit 39 (2017).


Table of Contents

Cover Picture: An Explanatory Note
Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
A Note on Transliteration

Introduction
Kari Aga Myklebost, Jens Petter Nielsen and Andrei Rogatchevski, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

Part One: The Northern Impact

1. The Russian Revolution and Civil War in the North: Contemporary Approaches and Understanding
Vladislav I. Goldin, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk

2. The Russian Revolution in Sweden: Some Genetic and Genealogical Perspectives
Klas-Gøran Karlsson, University of Lund, Sweden

3. The Idea of a Liberal Russia: The Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the Norwegian Slavist Olaf Broch
Kari Aga Myklebost UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

4. Arkhangelsk Province and Northern Norway in 1917–1920: Foreign Property and Capital after the October Revolution of 1917
Tatiana Troshina and Ekaterina Kotlova, Northern (Arctic) Federal University,

5. Russian Emigration to Norway after the Russian Revolution and Civil War
Victoria Tevlina, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

6. Soviet Diplomacy in Norway and Sweden in the Interwar Years: The Role of Alexandra Kollontai
Åsmund Egge, University of Oslo

7. Apprentices of the World Revolution: Norwegian Communists at the Communist University of the National Minorities of the West (KUNMZ) and the International Lenin School, 1926–1937
Ole Martin Rønning, The Norwegian Labor Movement Archives and Library, Oslo

8.  The Impact of the October Revolution on the North-Norwegian Labor Movement
Hallvard Tjelmeland, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

Part Two: Beyond

9. Avant-garde Artists vs. Reindeer Herders: The Kazym Rebellion in Aleksei Fedorchenko’s Angels of the Revolution (2014)
Andrei Rogatchevski, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

10. 1917: The Evolution of Russian Émigré Views to the Revolution
Catherine Andreyev, University of Oxford

11. Russian Revolutions Exhibited: Behind the Scenes
Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia, The British Library

12. The Revolution of 1917 and the Kremlin’s Policy of Remembrance
Jens Petter Nielsen, UiT. The Arctic University of Norway

Index of Names