We need to steer a course for a coup d’état. All the elements necessary to trigger an explosion are already in place: the condition of the decaying regime itself; the deep mistrust of, and contempt for, that regime on the part of all strata of Russian society; external failures; and, finally, grave material hardships behind the lines—in a word, a comprehensive recipe for an explosion.
Things have got even worse since Rasputin’s murder. Before everything was blamed on him, but now that his murder has changed nothing, people have realised that Rasputin was not the problem.
We oldsters won’t live to see the decisive battles of the impending revolution.
A policy of submarine warfareIn January 1917, Germany declared the use of "unrestricted submarine warfare" as a tactic, which meant the sinking all enemy ships, including civilian vessels. has been announced with the intention of starving Europe, which is already short of coal and which will soon be short of grain. For a few weeks Europe stood on the brink, wavering between utter destruction and salvation. It seems that her pathetic pride has prevented her from seeking the latterRolland intends to abandon the principle of “peace without victory” for European powers, which was proposed by Wilson..
Coal shortage in England.
I went to perform at Kieff. No suite of balletomanes followed me, as it had a few years ago on a similar occasion. Their ranks had thinned, their traditions slackened ; spirited escapades were now out of place. My self-constituted knight and factotum, Vinogradoff, alone went to Kieff after me. Simple and illiterate man, his frantic devotion to the Ballet, and the fact that he had seen the glory of Virginia Zucchi alone qualified him as a leader of the gallery. He was fervently attached to me. Purple and apopleptic he used to rush from one end of the gallery to another shouting my name as a war-cry.