Women Reporting the Russian Revolution and Civil War: The Frontline Journalism of Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams and Larisa Reisner

TitleWomen Reporting the Russian Revolution and Civil War: The Frontline Journalism of Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams and Larisa Reisner
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMcElvanney, Katherine
JournalRevolutionary Russia
Volume30
Issue2
Pagination228 - 246
Date Published2017/12//
Abstract

During the October Revolution and ensuing civil war, a small number of Russian women journalists attempted to shape the outcome of the conflicts through both their journalism and active participation. Drawing on the case studies of the young Bolshevik writer Larisa Reisner and the anti-Bolshevik journalist and politician Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, this article examines the dual roles women journalists held, and how they were shaped by attitudes towards war, gender and journalism at the time. In doing so, it demonstrates how the Russian experience challenges existing narratives of early women war reporters.

Short TitleRevolutionary Russia