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Рецензия на работу: Ганин А.В. Повседневная жизнь генштабистов при Ленине и Троцком. М.: Кучково поле, 2017. 680 с.

Новое прошлое. 2018. № 1. С. 268-274.
Яковенко В. А.

In 2017 the second edition of the monograph of the historian A.V. Ganin “Everyday Life of the General Staff Officers under Lenin and Trotsky” was published. This book is the result of the long standing research done by Ganin. The book was highly appreciated by specialists. The proposed review gives an analysis of the positive aspects and weak points of the monograph. The research of Ganin is based on a variety of sources from Russian and foreign archives. The author analyzes a choice of the conflict side that the General Staff officers had to make, their service and everyday life. He also pays attention to opponents of the General Staff officers in the red camp, and the system of officers training formed by Bolsheviks. This book contains the most reasonable evaluations of the role of General Staff officers in the Civil War in Russia presented in modern historiography. The author seeks to find multifactor explanations for the choice and fate of General Staff officers in the Civil War. However, the book contains some weak points. In particular, the review remarks on an unconvincing appeal to the patriotic motives for officers to enter the Red Army, controversial statements on good recordkeeping of the Reds and the absence of a political position of S.S. Kamenev. Among the weak points there are indicated also the unresolved issue of the “everyday life” concept, sometimes too extended quotations from sources and unsatisfying references list.