The Soviet Delegation
in Brest-Litovsk in 1917-1918:
Experience of Creating
a Collective Portrait
© Anastasiya V. Zotova
Dr. Sci. (National History), Assoc. Prof.,
Department of International Relations in the Post-Soviet
Area, Saint Petersburg State University
Аbstract: In the article, based on published sources and extensive historiography, systematized and analyzed information about the participants of the Soviet delegation at the Brest-Litovsk negotiations that took place from November 1917 to March 1918 is systematized and analyzed. It is noted that the level of educa- tion of the Soviet delegates was rather low, only six of them had higher education. None of the delegates had professional diplomatic training and relevant work experience. The delegation was composed of 12 Bolsheviks, 3 Left Socialist-Revolutionaries and 1 nonpartisan, with only 5 people supporting the sign- ing of peace. The average age of the delegation was 36 years. The author makes a conclusion that personal qualities of the members of the Soviet delegation did not allow them to act as a cohesive team at the negotiations in Brest-Litovsk.
Keywords: Brest Peace Treaty, March 3, 1918, Soviet-German negotiations, World War I, personalities.
Article information: Received on August 10, 2017, signed by the print, volume 3 / 2017 on September 14, 2017, published on September 29, 2017.
Full bibliographic reference to the article: Zotova, A. V., Sovetskaya delegatsiya v Brest-Litovske v 1917-1918 godakh: opyt sozdaniya kollektivnogo portreta (The Soviet Delegation in Brest-Litovsk in 1917-1918: Experience of Creating a Collective Portrait), Nasledie Vekov, 2017, no. 3, pp. 73-79. URL: http://heritage-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017_3_Zotova.pdf. Accessed Month DD, YYYY.