Article 7216

Title of the article



Bryantsev Mikhail Vasilyevich, Doctor of historical sciences, professor, head of sub-department of state and law theory and history, Bryansk State University named after academician I. G. Petrovsky (14 Bezhitskaya street, Bryansk, Russia),

Index UDK





Background. The lack of knowledge of mass attitudes in the first decade of the reign of the Bolsheviks necessitates the study of historical interaction between the government and the society in relation to the most significant historical events, which for the USSR was the General strike of 1926 in England.
Materials and methods. The article is based on inputs from a number of regional archives (Bryansk, Kaluga, Smolensk) and published sources from the Central Archive of the FSB, which allowed us to explore not only the formation of the image of the English strike of 1926 by the Soviet propaganda, but the population’s attitude to it.
Results. The study showed that the formed image of the General strike of 1926 in England, as a proof of the crisis of the capitalist system, were not entirely suc-cessful. Despite enormous resources devoted to its support by the Soviet govern-ment, the strike was defeated and the population of the Soviet Russia had a lot of questions to the Soviet power; many had hopes for its downfall.
Conclusions. The study of the reactions of the Soviet population to the generated image of the General strike helped to understand that people didn’t quite foolishly perceived propagandistic activities of the authorities. The nine-year rule of the Bolsheviks gave many a reason to comprehend critically the results of their activities.

Key words

England, power, Bolsheviks, Soviet Union, population, presentation, strike.

Download PDF

1. Susloparova E. A. Novaya i noveyshaya istoriya [New age and contemporary history]. 2013, no. 3. Available at: (accessed March 3, 2016).
2. Mayskiy I. M. Vseobshchaya stachka i bor'ba uglekopov v Anglii [The General strike and the struggle of coalminers in England]. Moscow, 1926.
3. Lepeshinskaya A. V. Angliyskaya vseobshchaya zabastovka 1926 g. (opyt issledovani-ya) [The English General strike of 1926 (research experience)]. Moscow; Leningrad, 1930.
4. Gurovich P. V. Vseobshchaya stachka v Anglii v 1926 g. [The General strike in England in 1926]. Moscow, 1959.
5. Politbyuro TsK RKP (b) – VKP (b) i Evropa. Resheniya «osoboy papki». 1923–1939 [The Political Bureau of CC RCP(b) and Europe. Decisions from the “special folder”. 1923–1939]. Moscow, 2001.
6. Komintern i ideya mirovoy revolyutsii. Dokumenty [Comintern and the idea of world revolution]. Ed. by Ya. S. Drabkin. Moscow, 1998.
7. Trukhanovskiy V. G. Noveyshaya istoriya Anglii [The contemporary history of Eng-land]. Moscow, 1958.
8. Gosudarstvennyy arkhiv noveyshey istorii Smolenskoy oblasti (GANISO) [State Archive of Contemporary History of Smolensk Region (GANISO)]. F. 3. Op. 1. D. 3214.
9. Gosudarstvennyy arkhiv dokumentov noveyshey istorii Kaluzhskoy oblasti (GADNIKO) [State Archive of Documents of Contemporary History of Kaluga Region (GADNIKO)]. F. P-1. Op. 9. D. 126.
10. GADNIKO. F. P-1. Op. 10. D. 126.
11. Gosudarstvennyy arkhiv Bryanskoy oblasti (GABO) [State Archive of Bryansk Region (GABO)]. F. P-1. Op. 1. D. 1727.
12. GABO. F. P-1. Op. 1. D. 1286.
13. Brooks J. American Historical Review. 1992, vol. 97, no. 5.
14. GABO. F. P-1. Op. 1. D. 1751.
15. GABO. F. P-1. Op. 1. D. 1678.
16. Sovetskaya derevnya glazami VChK-OGPU-NKVD. 1918–1939. Dokumenty i materi-aly: v 4 t. T. 2. 1923–1929 [The Societ villagy in the view of VChK-OGPU-NKVD. 1918–1939. Documents and materials]. Moscow, 2000.
17. «Sovershenno sekretno»: Lubyanka – Stalinu o polozhenii v strane (1922–1934 g.). T. 4. Ch. 2. 1926 g. [“Top secret”: Lubyanka to Stalin about the situation in the country (1922–1934). Vol. 4. Part 2. 1926]. Moscow, 2001.
18. «Sovershenno sekretno»: Lubyanka – Stalinu o polozhenii v strane (1922–1934 g.). T. 4. Ch. 1. 1926 g. [“Top secret”: Lubyanka to Stalin about the situation in the country (1922–1934). Vol. 4. Part 1. 1926]. Moscow, 2001.
19. GANISO. F. 3. Op. 1. D. 2711.
20. GANISO. F. 3. Op. 1. D. 1954.
21. GANISO. F. 3. Op. 1. D. 3010.
22. Ken O. N. Mobilizatsionnoe planirovanie i politicheskie resheniya (konets 1920-kh – seredina 1930-kh gg.) [Mobilization planning and political decisions (late 1920s – mid-dle 1930s)]. Moscow, 2008.
23. Golubev A. V. «Esli mir obrushitsya na nashu Respubliku»: Sovetskoe obshchestvo i vneshnyaya ugroza v 1920–1940-e gg. [“If the world crashes on our republic”: The so-viet society and external threat in 1920–1940s]. Moscow, 2008.
24. «Sovershenno sekretno»: Lubyanka – Stalinu o polozhenii v strane (1922–1934 g.). T. 5. 1927 g. [“Top secret”: Lubyanka to Stalin about the situation in the country (1922–1934). Vol. 5. 1927]. Moscow, 2003.


Дата создания: 26.09.2016 08:46
Дата обновления: 26.09.2016 11:26