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Comprehension
4a Write your own summary of George Barnes' view of the situation in Russia in 1919.
4b Explain why Barnes feels that the United States is so important.

Analysis and Interpretation
4c What is Barnes' attitude to the Soviet government?
4d What is his attitude towards the White leaders Denikin and Kolchak?
4e Look at each of these statements:
  • George Barnes' attitude to the Bolsheviks is very different from the attitude of other ministers in the Cabinet.
  • Barnes is more sympathetic towards the Soviet government because he is a Labour politician.
  • Barnes wants better relations with the Soviet government because it is the most powerful force in the region.
For each one, decide whether you feel it is
(i) supported by the evidence
(ii) partially supported by the evidence
(iii) likely to be true but needs to be more strongly supported by evidence before you accept it.

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Extract from the minutes of the British Cabinet in August 1919. This extract contains discussions about British policy towards Russia at the time

Extract from the minutes of the British Cabinet in August 1919. This extract contains discussions about British policy towards Russia at the time