A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 Author Orlando Figes
ISBN-10 014024364X
ISBN-13 9780140243642
Year 1998-03-01
Pages 1024
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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On the brink of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution readthe most vivid moving and comprehensive history of the events that changed the worldIt 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

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