PBC0070: political alienation
PBC 70 conveys a typical Bolshevik historical view of Siberia as a prison house (W139, W426, W574). Deep resentment of tsarist oppression shines through in narratives foreseeing (or, in some cases, celebrating) Bolshevik victory (W315, W436). Two instances dramatize a Bolshevik appeal to Cossacks and other soldiers allied with the White Armies by pointing out that they are being lured through lies into fighting their own kind (W100, W104). Another instance mentions some positive social and cultural developments among communities of former prisoners (W138), while others bemoan the eternal stagnation before the revolution (W174).
“ I crumple the map in my hands… ”