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spirit of nationalism pervaded the Ukraine. Although these con-
clusions are not entirely new, Professor Radkey's statistical evi-
dence makes them irrefutable.
Another contribution of Professor Radkey's monograph is its
demonstration of the fact that Bolshevism had a substantial fol-
lowing not only in Petrograd and Moscow but also in other areas,
including many rural districts. Proximity to industrial regions
or the war front and the direct and indirect influence of soldiers
explain why many districts voted for the Bolsheviks. Their prop-
aganda proved effective generally in direct proportion to its dis-
tance from its source.
Finally, Professor Radkey's study serves to dispel the argument
that the election to the Constituent Assembly must be consid-
ered invalid because of irregularities in voting, abnormal condi-
tions during which it occurred, and lack of political consciousness
on the part of the voters. The author, of course, makes no at-
tempt to deny the existence of these factors. On the other hand,
he views them in their proper perspective and concludes that
they did not materially effect the general outcome of the election.
Although embarrassed by the results, Lenin appreciated their
meaning as an expression of popular sentiment and therefore
studied them with great care. The results of the election fore-
shadowed, as Professor Radkey points out, "the distribution of
strength and the territorial complexion of the approaching civil
war." That the counter-revolutionary movement was strongest
in exactly those areas where the Bolshevik vote was weakest is
convincing proof of the validity of the election.
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