Alexander Kerensky: The First Love of the Revolution by Richard Abraham

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He won the devotion of his pupils by teaching Latin and Russian literature by his own unapproved methods, Page 6 encouraging boys to translate aloud from Latin without wasting hours on the dull, repetitive exercises laid down by the Ministry. ”12 Substantially older than his wife, Fyodor Kerensky embodied discipline and reason for his children, while his wife offered them warmth, imagination, and tolerance. He was a patriarch, but a liberal one. Like many of his background and generation, he associated corporal punishment with the demeaning treatment of serfs and he did not employ it on his children.

Page iii ALEXANDER KERENSKY THE FIRST LOVE OF THE REVOLUTION Richard Abraham Page iv Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Abraham, Richard, 1941– Alexander Kerensky: the first love of the revolution. Bibliography: p. Includes index. Kerensky, Aleksandr Fyodorovich, 1881–1970. Prime ministers—Soviet Union—Biography. Soviet Union—History—February Revolution, 1917. Title. The Long Reprieve369Notes385Index of Persons458Subject Index487 Illustrations appear as groups after pages 80 and 272 Page ix Preface The first light of dawn revealed the huddled, gray figures, chewing their cheap tobacco.

His future now looked brilliant, and in 1879 he became Director of the Classical Gymnasium in the down-to-earth northern town of Vyatka. It was here that they started their family. The first three children were all girls. Elena (“Lyolya”) came first, to be followed by Anna (“Nyeta”) and Nadezhda (“Nadya”). Page 5 After only a year in Vyatka, Fyodor Mikhailovich was given a plum appointment as Director of the Simbirsk Classical Gymnasium. His happiness increased the following spring, when Nadezhda presented him with a son.

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