FEBRUARY 1918

This section starts with the February 1918 Russian calendar change as seen in a chronicle of Lenin’s life and in the diary of the deposed tsar. Next follows a letter from Trotsky, from the Library’s Templewood Papers, relating to Bruce Lockhart’s work in Russia in the context of the ongoing Brest-Litovsk talks. The Central Powers’ recognition of the Ukrainian People’s Republic was the month’s headline from Brest-Litovsk, and a map of Russia’s European borders demonstrates the developing situation at that point. The next item relates to other declarations of independence, with documents relating to Estonia. The February Revolution’s first anniversary is the next subject, and then the section ends with the opening page of a play by Vladimir Mayakovsky.