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The Symbolic Revolution

February Revolution, iconoclasm, Romanov eagles, symbols
'Roasting eagles': the burning of Romanov symbols

EXTRACT FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Orlando Figes and Boris Kolonitskii, Interpreting the Russian Revolution: The Language and Symbols of 1917 (Yale, 1999), p. 48.

In the absence of any obvious counter-revolution - without a real enemy to fight against - the destruction of the symbols of the old regime was, at least for the revolutionaries, the destruction of the old regime itself... [FULL TEXT 258 WORDS]

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