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On Behalf of Russia

Background to On Behalf of Russia

By 1918 Ransome was an established war correspondent and political journalist for the Daily News, whose work was also syndicated to newspapers in the US. He had come to know many of the leading Bolsheviks making “friends with some and enemies of a very few“. In April, 1918, he agreed to write “a sort of open letter to America“, in the hope it might reconcile the West to the Soviet government, thereby sustaining the latter as an ally against Germany¬† in the ongoing World War.

Ransome wrote the pamphlet, some 10,000 words long, in only 36 hours, in time for Colonel Robbins, the head of the American Red Cross in Russia, to take it to the United States.


On behalf of Russia has six chapters: The March Revolution in Russia; The Provisional Government and the Soviet; What is the Republic of Soviets?; The Constituent Assembaly; Peace Negotiations and The Soviet Government and the Allies.

First publication

Published in July, 1918 in the USA.


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  • Faber Finds ISBN 978-0571269068

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