Skeletons in the Soviet Closet: The Last Tsar and his Family in the Early Soviet Era, 1918-1937

By: Olivia Chap '15

Advising Faculty: Eileen Kane

Throughout this thesis, I propose the following argument: the Bolsheviks’ original disorganization regarding the Romanov murders led to increased faith in and devotion to the royal family by certain émigré groups. The Bolsheviks’ lack of clarification concerning the murders and their efforts to rid post-Revolutionary Russian society of any symbolism related to the Romanov dynasty generated space for certain groups of Romanov-sympathizers to create their own interpretations and to propagate their own depictions of Nicholas II and his family that were in contrast to the Bolsheviks’ portrayals of the Romanovs.

This honors thesis may be read in its entirety at Digital Commons @ Connecticut College.

Related Fields: Slavic Studies