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Comprehension
1a According to Winston Churchill, what would happen if the North of Russia was over-run by the Bolsheviks?
1b What did Churchill think had gone wrong since the Armistice?
1c Make a list of the actual advances the Bolsheviks had made.
1d Does Churchill appear to be a supporter of General Denikin?
1e Now list the advances that Churchill fears the Bolsheviks might make.

Analysis and Interpretation
1f What does this source tell us about the attitude of Winston Churchill to the Bolsheviks? In your answer, refer to (i) what he says about the Bolsheviks (ii) the language he uses and the tone of his remarks.
1g The USSR accused Churchill of deliberately stirring up fears against them. Could an historian use this source to support or contradict this view?

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Extract from the minutes of a meeting of the British War Cabinet in March 1919. This extract contains comments from Winston Churchill about the situation in Russia at that time

Extract from the minutes of a meeting of the British War Cabinet in March 1919. This extract contains comments from Winston Churchill about the situation in Russia at that time