The men who constituted Russia's Provisional government in 1917 knew from their predecessor’s demise in the February Revolution that they needed at least to alleviate the country's economic crisis. But popular enthusiasm for the revolution did not translate into a concerted national struggle for economic recovery. Production slumped, shortages worsened, prices rose and strikes proliferated. By the time that the Bolsheviks seized power in the autumn, the economy was in a far worse condition than in February. And at the epicentre of this collapse was a deepening transport crisis. So, what went wrong on the logistical front for Russia’s would-be saviours? This chapter explores how ministers understood the problem, how they addressed it, and why their efforts ultimately failed.
|Title of host publication||Bloomsbury Handbook of the Russian Revolution|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2022|