The Tragedy of Baku

  • Brian Pearce


The complicated developments in Transcaucasia in 1918 lie outside the scope of this study, except in so far as they illustrate the peculiar character of the Soviet Government’s ‘neutrality’. Moscow’s attitude towards British help to the defenders of Baku against Turkish onslaught is comprehensible only against the background of German pressure and the Bolsheviks’ readiness to submit to it. The arguments used to justify this attitude need to be compared with the secret arrangements for ‘parallel actions’ by the Red Army and the Germans in North Russia and on the Don, which will be dealt with later.


Peculiar Character British Troop Armenian Population German Pressure British Force 
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Notes and References

  1. 13.
    L. M Lifshits, Geroicheskii podvig bakinskikh bolshevikov (1964), p. 230.Google Scholar
  2. 22.
    G. V. Chicherin, Vneshnaya politika sovetskoi Rossii za dva goda (1920), p. 20;Google Scholar
  3. W. Baumgart, ‘Die “geschäftliche Behandlung” des Berliner Ergänzerungsvertrag vom 27 August 1918’, in Historisches Jahrbuch, 89 (1969), pp. 146–8;Google Scholar
  4. R. Hovannisian, Armenia on the Road to Independence (1967), p. 223.Google Scholar

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