Bandits and Partisans (Hardcover)

The Antonov Movement in the Russian Civil War (Russian and East European Studies)

By Erik C. Landis

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822943433, 432pp.

Publication Date: April 21, 2008

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Beginning in the fall of 1920, Aleksandr Antonov led an insurgency that became the largest armed peasant revolt against the Soviets during the civil war. Yet by the summer of 1921, the revolt had been crushed, and popular support for the movement had all but disappeared. Until now, details of this conflict have remained hidden. Erik Landis mines recently opened provincial and central Soviet archives and international collections to provide a depth of detail and historical analysis never before possible in this definitive account of the uprising. 

Landis examines both sides of the conflict, probing the testimonies of the insurgents, their opponents, and those caught in between. We witness firsthand the frustrations, failures, and internal conflicts of the Bolsheviks and the spirit of rebellion that drove the insurgents and helped drive a localized dispute into a well-organized mass rebellion that struck fear in the hearts of Communist leaders. This political and military threat was influential in bringing about Lenin's conciliatory New Economic Policy, which allowed farmers and villages to sustain themselves in a quasi-market economy. 

Bandits and Partisans presents a gripping tale of brutality, domination, and revolt, placing readers at the frontlines of the complex and rich history of the Russian civil war and the consolidation of the new Soviet state.

About the Author

Erik C. Landis is lecturer in modern European history at Oxford Brookes University.

Praise For Bandits and Partisans: The Antonov Movement in the Russian Civil War (Russian and East European Studies)

"A far-reaching study of the events of an infamous period in civil-war history . . . an extremely well-researched piece."
—Revolutionary Russia

“A gripping account of a few dramatic months in Tambov. His study is an excellent example of how a solid grasp of the social forces at work can increase the value of wide-rangng archival research.”
—Slavic Review

“Landis has written what will be for many years the definitive history of the Antonov movement. In a work of prodigious scholarship, he has trawled the archives of both Moscow and Tambov to produce the first detailed account of Antonov’s insurgency and its suppression.”
--Europe-Asia Studies

“A thoroughly  researched and intelligently constructed book. The author is at his best in capturing contemporary voices that continue to speak eloquently  nearly a century after the events.”
—The Historian

“This meticulously researched book does more than give a narrative of the Antonov uprising and its suppression. Landis’s account offers new perspectives on high-level politics during the Russian civil war, the process of Soviet state-building in the provinces, and the nature of popular politics in the villages of Tambov province. . . . a sweeping study that provides a great deal of information.” 
—Canadian Journal of History