of Otago, New Zealand) examines the difficulty with creating a socialist revolution in a backward agricultural country by focusing on Chernov (1873-1952) and the Socialist Revolutionary Party
in Russia during the years up to and immediately following the 1917 revolution.
Many of these bureaucrats had worked earlier in the Russian zemstvo movement; some had been members of the Socialist Revolutionary Party
In the early 1900s he joined the Socialist Revolutionary Party
and was shortly afterward arrested and exiled to Siberia.
This meant an immediate revolutionary alliance between the Bolsheviks and the Socialist Revolutionary Party
(SR); it also implied a new agrarian program, including the call for the nationalization of the land (until then considered a typically "populist" demand).
In successive chapters, she analyzes how revolutionary elites attempted to control revolutionary discourse, the role of the Socialist Revolutionary Party
, the selection of local leaders, educational campaigns designed to bring "cultural enlightenment" to the population, soldiers and their wives, struggles over land issues, and disputes over grain supplies.