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Russia  in  1919 

PUBLISHER'S  NOTE:  On  August  27,  1914,  in  London,  I made  this  note  in  a 
memorandum  book:  "Met  Arthur  Ransome  at  _'s;  discussed  a book  on  the  Russian's 
relation  to  the  war  in  the  light  of  psychological  background-folklore."  The  book  was 
not  written  but  the  idea  that  instinctively  came  to  him  pervades  his  every  utterance  on 
things  Russian.  The  versatile  man  who  commands  more  than  respect  as  the 
biographer  of  Poe  and  Wilde;  as  the  translator  of  and  commentator  on  Remy  de 
Gourmont;  as  a folklorist,  has  shown  himself  to  be  consecrated  to  the  truth.  The 
document  that  Mr.  Ransome  hurried  out  of  Russia  in  the  early  days  of  the  Soviet 
government,  was  the  first  notable  appeal  from  a non-Russian  to  the  American  people 
for  fair  play  in  a crisis  understood  then  even  less  than  now. 

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Cover  image:  Soviet  leaders  on  Red  Square  in  Moscow,  November  1919. 

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