flight from the cities




… the population of Moscow amounted on February 1, 1917 to 2,017,000; on August 26. 1920 it was only 1,028,000. In Petrograd there were before the revolution 2,420,000 people; in 1918-1,469,000; in 1919-900,000; in 1920–740,000. V. the Red Moscow and the Statistical Materials for Petrograd, Vol. V, p. 19. Altogether about eight millions left the towns in the period from 1918 to 1920 (See the miscellany During 5 Years, 1922, p. 295).


— Pitirim A. Sorokin, The Sociology of Revolution, footnote, 244







Newspaper stories are saying that the Coronavirus epidemic has already caused some people to abandon cities like my own beloved New York.



posted by Roger W. Smith

   May 2020