The Underground

  • Katy TurtonEmail author


This chapter describes the range of roles which family members took on in the revolutionary movement, including keeping safe houses for revolutionaries, donating money to the cause and providing other forms of material support. It discusses the way in which spouses cooperated closely in leading party cells and the various tasks which parents assigned to their children. It also acknowledges that family concerns at times disrupted revolutionaries’ activities. Combining revolutionary activities with family life and especially parenthood caused difficulties and often helped perpetuate traditional gender roles in a community which was theoretically committed to women’s emancipation and equality. Conversely, the appearance of traditional domesticity proved to be a useful disguise for illegal activities.


Safe House Proletarskaia Revoliutsiia Krupskaia Vospominaniia Stvo Politicheskoi Literatury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of HistoryQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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