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Russia In The Shadows

(1920)
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Russia in the Shadows is a book by H. G. Wells published early in 1921, which includes a series of articles previously printed in The Sunday Express in connection with Wells's second visit to Russia (after a previous trip in January 1914 to St. Petersburg and Moscow) in September and October 1920. Wells was at the height of his fame, having recently completed The Outline of History, and was paid 1000 for the articles by the Sunday Express. During his visit to Russia he visited his old friend Maxim Gorky, whom he had first met in 1906 on a trip to the United States, and who arranged Wells's meeting with Lenin.

Wells portrayed Russia as recovering from a total social collapse, "the completest that has ever happened to any modern social organisation." He minimized the role of the Bolsheviks in the fall of the Russian state, and presented this explanation of their success: "While all the rest of Russia was either apathetic like the peasantry or garrulously at sixes and sevens or given over to violence or fear, the Communists were prepared to act."

In a chapter devoted to an interview with Lenin at the Kremlin Wells describes the leader and founder of Russian communism. Wells portrays Lenin as a pragmatic leader who "has recently stripped off the last pretence that the Russian revolution is anything more than the inauguration of an age of limitless experiment."

While Wells in Russia in the Shadows, as always, rejects Marxism on principle (Das Kapital impresses him as "a monument of pretentious pedantry"), he argues that "we should understand and respect the professions and principles of the Bolsheviki" in order to make a "helpful intervention" in Russia, lest its social collapse drag down Western civilization with it.



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Hardback Editions

May 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 1-4092-1234-3 / 978-1-4092-1234-8 (UK edition)
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June 1973 : USA Hardback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 0-88355-055-5 / 978-0-88355-055-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion Pr
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 0-649-03059-1 / 978-0-649-03059-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Trieste Publishing
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June 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 1-330-86827-7 / 978-1-330-86827-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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February 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows (Annotated)
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 1-5207-2422-5 / 978-1-5207-2422-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
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January 2015 : Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 5519488274 / 978-5519488273
Publisher: Book on Demand Ltd.
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows - Primary Source Edition
Author(s): H G 1866-1946 Wells
ISBN: 1-287-83318-7 / 978-1-287-83318-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows...
Author(s): H G Wells, Herbert George Wells
ISBN: 1-277-31534-5 / 978-1-277-31534-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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February 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells, Herbert George Wells
ISBN: 1-235-70084-4 / 978-1-235-70084-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: General Books LLC
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Russia in the shadows
Author(s): H G 1866-1946 Wells
ISBN: 1-177-18834-1 / 978-1-177-18834-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 1-176-95874-7 / 978-1-176-95874-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): Herbert George Wells
ISBN: 1-147-82729-X / 978-1-147-82729-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): Herbert George Wells
ISBN: 1-143-44205-9 / 978-1-143-44205-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 1-4092-0932-6 / 978-1-4092-0932-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: lulu.com
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September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 0-571-24771-7 / 978-0-571-24771-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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May 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 1-4446-3803-3 / 978-1-4446-3803-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Read Books
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March 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Russia in the Shadows (Dodo Press)
Author(s): H G Wells
ISBN: 1-4065-7709-X / 978-1-4065-7709-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dodo Press
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Kindle Editions

August 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Russia in the Shadows: (Illustrated Edition)
Author(s): H G Wells
Publisher: iOnlineShopping.com
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December 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: RUSSIA IN THE SHADOWS
Author(s): H G Wells
Publisher: Musaicum Books
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July 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Russia in the Shadows
Author(s): H G Wells
Publisher: Brousson Press
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October 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Russia in the Shadows (Annotated)
Author(s): H G Wells
Publisher:
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September 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Russia in the Shadows (The original unabridged edition)
Author(s): H G Wells
Publisher: e-artnow ebooks
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