Russian Law throughout the Revolutions of 1917
On September, 1 Tatiana Borisova, Associate Professor at the Department of History and Senior Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History, presented her paper “The legalism of Russian revolutionaries: A continuity in the Russian legal tradition” at the Fifth European Congress on World and Global History in Budapest.
This year the Congress' theme was “Ruptures, Empires and Revolutions”. The panel “1917. A revolution in law?” offered a new reading of the revolutionary rupture and sparked off a lively discussion. Tatiana’s paper addressed the ternary interrelation between sovereign, intermediaries and people and its role in maintaining the functionality of the Russian legal system through the revolutionary upheaval in 1905--1917. The paper highlighted, that Bolsheviks, – as opposed to the Provisional Government, - from the very beginning had established their sovereign authority according to the long-lasting tradition of the sovereign legitimate rule.Thus, despite the tremendous role of violence and terror during the Civil War, law still provided the groundwork of the Soviet regime's foundation. For more details, see here