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Kerensky Kerensky was a young man in 1917 In many ways that was the tragedy of Russia in 1917 that such huge responsibility was placed on the shoulders of such an inexperienced man Kerensky was also foolish He was a great orator He was very theatrical in his gestures He was the darling of the Petrograd intelligencia Young girls fell in love with him Many of them wrote him love poems There was a cult of Kerensky indeed His rhetoric was sickly sweet which in the euphoria in the spring 1917 was just what was needed To a certain extent he suffered from his slightly girlish gestures He had a squeaky high-pitched voice He often fainted after speaking to large public gatherings And in many ways his historical reputation never recovered from the fact that on October 25 just as the Bolsheviks were taking over Petrograd he was alleged to have fled to the Front in a nurses uniform But back in the spring of 1917 he was the hope of the democratic intelligencia and he played on that role He had one foot in the camp of the Soviets and one in the liberal Da camp And he saw himself as a man destined to lead Russia out of chaos to freedom He saw himself as a Bonaparte and indeed kept a figurine of Napoleon on his desk He was theatrical in his oratory He was a man prepared to play any role provided it promoted his own power In the Da he would wear a bourgeois morning coat starched collar When he crossed over to the other wing of the Tauride Palace and spoke in the Petrograd Soviet he tore off the collar took off his morning coat and appeared as the man of the people When he went to speak before the army he put on khaki and had his arm in a sling with a wound which there was no account
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