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26 September 1991
The Russian City between Tradition and Modernity, 1850-1900 
by Daniel Brower.
California, 253 pp., £18.95, July 1990, 0 520 06764 9
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St Petersburg between the Revolutions. Workers and Revolutionaries: June 1907-February 1917 
by Robert McKean.
Yale, 606 pp., £27.50, June 1990, 0 300 04791 6
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... as ‘primitive’, ‘hot-headed’, ‘impulsive’ and ‘disorganised’, all of which made them susceptible to the militancy of Bolshevik propaganda. Some of these stereotypes appear in DanielBrower’s book. Its great virtue is that it seeks the roots of this labour violence, not just in the matrix of industrial relations (the Marxists’ tired refrain), but also in the broader context of urban ...

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