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Vol 22 No 11 Nov/Dec 2017

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Life in a Penal Battalion of the Imperial Russian Army

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ISBN13: 9781850722618
ISBN: 1850722617
Published: February 2001
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Format: Paperback
Price: £13.50

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Published here for the first time in English, this document provides a unique account by a young peasant conscript in the Imperial Russian army-and follower of the pacifist teaching of the great Russian novelist Leo Talstoy-who was sentenced to serve two years in a penal battalion as a result of his refusal to bear arms. N. T. Iziumchenko's narrative points to an alternative tradition of non-violent protest against injustice and commitment to universal values. It shows that in Russia such sentiments were by no means confined to the westernized intelligensia but had authentic popular roots.

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