Publisher description for Lenin's private war : the voyage of the philosophy steamer and the exile of the intelligentsia / Lesley Chamberlain.


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In 1922, Lenin personally drew up a list of some 160 ‘undesirable’ intellectuals – mostly philosophers, academics, scientists and journalists – to be deported from the new Soviet State. ‘We’re going to cleanse Russia once and for all’ he wrote to Stalin, whose job it was to oversee the deportation. Two ships sailed from Petrograd that autumn, taking Old Russia’s eminent men and their families away to what would become permanent exile in Berlin, Prague and Paris. Lesley Chamberlain creates a rich portrait of this chilling historical moment, evoked with immediacy through the journals, letters, and memoirs of the exiles.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Intellectuals -- Soviet Union -- History.
Exile (Punishment) -- Soviet Union -- History.
Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921.
Soviet Union -- Social conditions -- 1917-1945.
Lenin, Vladimir Ilžich, -- 1870-1924.