Ebb and Flow: July–September 1917

  • Evan Mawdsley
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History book series (SREEHS)


The Provisional Government was sent reeling by the July Days. Prince L’vov resigned as Minister-President on 7 July and handed power to Kerensky. The new ‘Government of the Salvation of the Revolution’ announced its programme of 8 July, stressing an intention to work for peace, to convene the Constituent Assembly on schedule (17 September), to impose state control over the economy, and to carry out real land reform. Unfortunately, prolonged negotiations were required before the governing coalition could be reconstructed — on 24 July. This second coalition was similar in composition to the one formed on 5 May, but the forces of the right were to play a more important role, and the programme of 8 July was forgotten. Meanwhile the problems of revolutionary Russia remained unsolved, and the economic crisis worsened. In early August the Constituent Assembly, to which issues were constantly deferred, was itself put back two months — to 28 November.


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