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The Bolshevik Revolution 1917-1923. Volume III
The Bolshevik Revolution 1917-1923. Volume III
By Edward Hallett Carr
Macmillan, 1953, 614 pp

In the third volume of this major study, which is to serve as a prelude to a history of Soviet Russia, Mr. Carr analyzes the foreign policy of the Bolsheviks from the revolution to 1923. Based, as were the preceding volumes, upon an extraordinary mastery of Soviet sources, it is perhaps the most successful part of the trilogy. With respect to the ultimate question whether Soviet foreign policy was derived from Communist principles or was a by-product of the struggle of the young Soviet state for existence, the author inclines to the latter view, though he provides the reader with abundant evidence pointing toward the primacy of revolutionary ideology.