ABSTRACT

Maurice Baring, traveling from the Far East, arrived in Moscow the day after the October Manifesto. Paying a visit to a public bath, he was convinced a new order had come to Russia when he heard a ten-year-old bath assistant direct, “Give the citizen some soap.” 1 Whether Russia’s urchins and vagabonds were consciously reviving the “spirit of 1793” or not, they were behaving in a manner which convinced the opposition leaders that they were riding the crest of a “revolution” in the tradition of its classic predecessors.