The Second Day

  • Eric Homberger
  • John Biggart


The meeting place of the Second All-Russian Congress of Soviets, is the former ballroom and reception hall, of Smolny Institute under the old regime a famous convent-school for the daughters of the Russian nobility, patronized by the Tsar himself. A great white room, with two rows of massive columns, lighted by a pair of glazed-white chandeliers holding hundreds of ornate electric bulbs; at one end a dais, with two tall many-branched light-standards, and a great gold frame behind, from which the Imperial portrait has been cut. Here on graduation days and festival days had been banked brilliant military and ecclesiastical uniforms, a setting for some Grand Duchess …


European History Russian Revolution Massive Column Printing Shop Socialist Revolutionary 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Homberger
    • 1
  • John Biggart
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New HampshireUSA
  2. 2.University of East AngliaUK

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