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It is history on an epic yet human scale. Vast in scope, exhaustive in original research, written with passion, narrative skill, and human sympathy, A People's Tragedy is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a new generation. Many consider the Russian Revolution to be the most significant event of the twentieth century. Distinguished scholar Orlando Figes presents a panorama of Russian society on the eve of that revolution, and then narrates the story of how these social forces were violently erased. Within the broad stokes of war and revolution are miniature histories of individuals, in which Figes follows the main players' fortunes as they saw their hopes die and their world crash into ruins. Unlike previous accounts that trace the origins of the revolution to overreaching political forces and ideals, Figes argues that the failure of democracy in 1917 was deeply rooted in Russian culture and social history and that what had started as a people's revolution contained the seeds of its degeneration into violence and dictatorship. A People's Tragedy is a masterful and original synthesis by a mature scholar, presented in a compelling and accessibly human narrative.

Synopsis:

One of the worldand#8217;s leading scholars offers a fresh interpretation of the linked origins of World War I and the Russian Revolution

and#160;

World War I and the Russian Revolution together shaped the twentieth century in profound ways. In The End of Tsarist Russia, acclaimed scholar Dominic Lieven connects for the first time the two events, providing both a history of the First World Warand#8217;s origins from a Russian perspective and an international history of why the revolution happened.

and#160;

Based on exhaustive work in seven Russian archives as well as many non-Russian sources, Dominic Lievenand#8217;s work is about far more than just Russia. By placing the crisis of empire at its core, Lieven links World War I to the sweep of twentieth-century global history. He shows how contemporary hot issues such as the struggle for Ukraine were already crucial elements in the run-up to 1914.

and#160;

By incorporating into his book new approaches and comparisons, Lieven tells the story of war and revolution in a way that is truly original and thought-provoking.

Synopsis:

This multi-award book is history on an epic yet human scale. Vast in scope, exhaustive in original research, written with passion, narrative skill, and human sympathy, "A People's Tragedy" offers a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a new generation. "Certain to become one of the seminal studies".--"The Philadelphia Inquirer". Photos. of maps.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [862]-894) and index.

About the Author

Orlando Figes is the prizewinning author of A People’s Tragedy and Natasha’s Dance. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Review of Books.

Table of Contents

Preface

Glossary

Notes on Dates

Maps

PART ONE RUSSIA UNDER THE OLD REGIME

1 The Dynasty

i The Tsar and His People

ii The Miniaturist

iii The Heir

2 Unstable Pillars

i Bureaucrats and Dressing-Gowns

ii The Thin Veneer of Civilization

iii Remnants of a Feudal Army

iv Not-So-Holy Russia

v Prison of Peoples

3 Icons and Cockroaches

i A World Apart

ii The Quest to Banish the Past

4 Red Ink

i Inside the Fortress

ii Marx Comes to Russia

PART TWO THE CRISIS OF AUTHORITY (1891–1917)

5 First Blood

i Patriots and Liberators

ii 'There is no Tsar'

iii A Parting of Ways

6 Last Hopes

i Parliaments and Peasants

ii The Statesman

iii The Wager on the Strong

iv For God, Tsar and Fatherland

7 A War on Three Fronts

i Metal Against Men

ii The Mad Chauffeur

iii From the Trenches to the Barricades

PART THREE RUSSIA IN REVOLUTION (FEBRUARY 1917–MARCH 1918)

8 Glorious February

i The Power of the Streets

ii Reluctant Revolutionaries

iii Nicholas the Last

9 The Freest Country in the World

i A Distant Liberal State

ii Expectations

iii Lenin's Rage

iv Gorky's Despair

10 The Agony of the Provisional Government

i The Illusion of a Nation

ii A Darker Shade of Red

iii The Man on a White Horse

iv Hamlets of Democratic Socialism

11 Lenin's Revolution

i The Art of Insurrection

ii The Smolny Autocrats

iii Looting the Looters

iv Socialism in One Country

PART FOUR THE CIVIL WAR AND THE MAKING OF THE SOVIET SYSTEM (1918–24)

12 Last Dreams of the Old World

i St. Petersburg on the Steppe

ii The Ghost of the Constituent Assembly

13 The Revolution Goes to War

i Arming the Revolution

ii 'Kulaks', Bagmen and Cigarette Lighters

iii The Colour of Blood

14 The New Regime Triumphant

i Three Decisive Battles

ii Comrades and Commissars

iii A Socialist Fatherland

15 Defeat in Victory

i Short-Cuts to Communism

ii Engineers of the Human Soul

iii Bolshevism in Retreat

16 Deaths and Departures

i Orphans of the Revolution

ii The Unconquered Country

iii Lenin's Last Struggle

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

ILLUSTRATIONS

Images of Autocracy

1 St. Petersburg illuminated for the Romanov tercentenary in 1913

2 The procession of the imperial family during the tercentenary

3 Nicholas II rides in public view during the tercentenary

4 Nevsky Prospekt decorated for the tercentenary

5 Guards officers greet the imperial family during the tercentenary

6 Townspeople and peasants in Kostroma during the tercentenary

7 The court ball of 1903

8 The Temple of Christ's Resurrection

9 Trubetskoi's equestrian statue of Alexander III

10 Statue of Alexander III outside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

11 The imperial family

12 Rasputin with his admirers

13 The Tsarevich Alexis with Derevenko

Everyday Life Under the Tsars

14 The city mayors of Russia

15 A group of volost elders

16 A newspaper kiosk in St. Petersburg

17 A grocery store in St. Petersburg

18 Dinner at a ball given by Countess Shuvalov

19 A soup kitchen for the unemployed in St. Petersburg

20 Peasants of a northern Russian village

21 Peasant women threshing wheat

22 Peasant women hauling a barge

23 Twin brothers, former serfs, from Chernigov province

24 A typical Russian peasant household

25 A meeting of village elders

26 A religious procession in Smolensk province

27 The living space of four Moscow factory workers

28 Inside a Moscow engineering works

Dramatis Personae

29 General Brusilov

30 Maxim Gorky

31 Prince G.E. Lvov

32 Sergei Semenov

33 Dmitry Os'kin

34 Alexander Kerensky

35 Lenin

36 Trotsky

37 Alexandra Kollontai

Between Revolutions

38 Soldiers fire at the demonstrating workers on 'Bloody Sunday', 1905

39 Demonstrators confront mounted Cossacks during 1905

40 The opening of the State Duma in April 1906

41 The Tauride Palace

42 Petr Stolypin

43 Wartime volunteers pack parcels for the Front

44 A smart dinner party sees in the New Year of 1917

45 Troops pump out a trench on the Northern Front

46 Cossacks patrol the streets of Petrograd in February 1917

47 The arrest of a policeman during the February Days

48 Moscow workers playing with the stone head of Alexander II

49 A crowd burns tsarist emblems during the February Days

50 The crowd outside the Tauride Palace during the February Days

51 Soldiers receive news of the Tsar's abdication

Images of 1917

52 The First Provisional Government in the Marinsky Palace

53 The burial of victims of the February Revolution

54 A meeting of the Soviet of Soldiers' Deputies

55 Waiters and waitresses of Petrograd on strike

56 The All-Russian Congress of Peasant Deputies

57 Fedor Linde leads an anti-war demonstration by the Finland Regiment during the April Crisis

58 Kerensky makes a speech to soldiers at the Front

59 Metropolitan Nikon blesses the Women's Battalion of Death

60 General Kornilov's triumphant arrival in Moscow during the State Conference

61 Members of the Women's Battalion of Death in the Winter Palace on 25 October

62 Some of Kerensky's last defenders in the Winter Palace on 25 October

63 The Smolny Institute

64 The Red Guard of the Vulkan Factory

The Civil War

65 General Alexeev

66 General Denikin

67 Admiral Kolchak

68 Baron Wrangel

69 Members of the Czech Legion in Vladivostok

70 A group of White officers during a military parade in Omsk

71 A strategic meeting of Red partisans

72 An armoured train

73 The Latvian Division passing through a village

74 Two Red Army soldiers take a break

75 Red Army soldiers reading propaganda leaflets

76 A Red Army mobile library in the village

77 Nestor Makhno

78 The execution of a peasant by the Whites

79 Jewish victims of a pogrom

80 Red Army soldiers torture a Polish officer

Everyday Life Under the Bolsheviks

81 Muscovites dismantle a house for firewood

82 A priest helps transport timber

83 Women of the 'former classes' sell their last possessions

84 A soldier buys a pair of shoes from a group of burzhoois

85 Haggling over a fur scarf at the Smolensk market in Moscow

86 Traders at the Smolensk market

87 Two ex-tsarist officers are made to clear the streets

88 Cheka soldiers close down traders' stalls in Moscow

89 Requisitioning the peasants' grain

90 'Bagmen'; on the railways

91 The 1 May subbotnik on Red Square in Moscow, 1920

92 An open-air cafeteria at the Kiev Station in Moscow

93 Delegates of the Ninth All-Russian Party Congress

94 The Agitation and Propaganda Department of the Commissariat for Supply and Distribution in the Northern Region

95 The Smolny Institute on the anniversary of the October coup

The Revolutionary Inheritance

96 Red Army troops assault the mutinous Kronstadt Naval Base

97 Peasant rebels attack a train of requisitioned grain

98 Bolshevik commissars inspect the harvest failure in the Volga region

99 Unburied corpses from the famine crisis

100 Cannibals with their victims

101 Street orphans in Saratov hunt for food in a rubbish tip

102 The Secretary of the Tula Komsomol

103 A juvenile unit of the Red Army in Turkestan

104 Red Army soldiers confiscate valuables from the Semenov Monastery

105 A propaganda meeting in Bukhara

106 Two Bolshevik commissars in the Far East

107 The dying Lenin in 1923

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Riggiofred, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Riggiofred)
An excellent history of the Russian revolution with plenty of new facts and information that I did not know. What I liked especially that it covered the period prior to and after WWII. The major problem is keeping track of the Russian names with all different variants. The history is written so that the average reader can get a clear understanding of the causes and the results of the revolution and debunks the myth of Lenin.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140243642
Author:
Figes, Orlando
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Figes, Professor Orlando
Author:
Lieven, Dominic
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Soviet Union History 1917-1936.
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Soviet Union History Revolution, 1917-
Subject:
Russia History Nicholas II, 1894-1917.
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
A History of the Rus
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 images throughout; 2 maps
Pages:
1024
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
One of the worldand#8217;s leading scholars offers a fresh interpretation of the linked origins of World War I and the Russian Revolution

and#160;

World War I and the Russian Revolution together shaped the twentieth century in profound ways. In The End of Tsarist Russia, acclaimed scholar Dominic Lieven connects for the first time the two events, providing both a history of the First World Warand#8217;s origins from a Russian perspective and an international history of why the revolution happened.

and#160;

Based on exhaustive work in seven Russian archives as well as many non-Russian sources, Dominic Lievenand#8217;s work is about far more than just Russia. By placing the crisis of empire at its core, Lieven links World War I to the sweep of twentieth-century global history. He shows how contemporary hot issues such as the struggle for Ukraine were already crucial elements in the run-up to 1914.

and#160;

By incorporating into his book new approaches and comparisons, Lieven tells the story of war and revolution in a way that is truly original and thought-provoking.

"Synopsis" by , This multi-award book is history on an epic yet human scale. Vast in scope, exhaustive in original research, written with passion, narrative skill, and human sympathy, "A People's Tragedy" offers a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a new generation. "Certain to become one of the seminal studies".--"The Philadelphia Inquirer". Photos. of maps.

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