The Genesis of Russian Warlordism: Violence and Governance during the First World War and the Civil War

  title={The Genesis of Russian Warlordism: Violence and Governance during the First World War and the Civil War},
  author={Joshua A. Sanborn},
  journal={Contemporary European History},
  pages={195 - 213}
Abstract The article looks at how the collapse of the tsarist regime in Russia and the civil war which followed created the conditions wherein a class of violent paramilitary entrepreneurs, usually veterans of the Great War, were able to operate almost entirely without restraint. The author terms this phenomenon ‘warlordism’, and shows how the rise and eventual fall of warlords was connected to the absence and restoration of state control during 1917–23. The article calls for an interpretation… 
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