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A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891–1924 IllustrationsPrefaceGlossaryNotes on DatesMaps A People s Tragedy The Russian Revolution, 1891 1924 NotesBibliographyIndex First, Figes briskly deals with all those things you thought you knew about the Russian Revolution, Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Kerensky the liberals, the Bolsheviks, the Tsar Again and again, I realized I had picked up myths either promoted by those who lost, or those who consolidated, the Revolution The mythmaking machine was going full tilt from 1917 onwards particularly during the Stalinist and Cold War Years and this book would be irreplaceable if only for stripping away so much that you thought you knew which was wrong.Second, by starting the book in 1891 with a famine which revealed the incompetence of the Tsarist beaurocracy and ending with the death of Lenin in 1924, Figes permits himself a sweep of events that makes what actually happened even dramatic than it was Again and again, you not only read about, but hear from the survivors of, mistakes, errors, misconceptions indolence, arrogance, foolishness, well meaning idiocy in a way that, as a human being, is than heartbreaking Again and again, the Revolution might never have happened, a democracy might have developed, steps taken could have been taken back but they weren t Instead, one of the great mass tragedies of his Opening With A Panorama Of Russian Society, From The Cloistered World Of The Tsar To The Brutal Life Of The Peasants, A People S Tragedy Follows Workers, Soldiers, Intellectuals And Villagers As Their World Is Consumed By Revolution And Then Degenerates Into Violence And Dictatorship Drawing On Vast Original Research, Figes Conveys Above All The Shocking Experience Of The Revolution For Those Who Lived It, While Providing The Clearest And Most Cogent Account Of How And Why It Unfolded Now Including A New Introduction That Reflects On The Revolution S Centennial Legacy, A People S Tragedy Is A Masterful And Definitive Record Of One Of The Most Important Events In Modern History. Recent memory, modern memory and then history We are all living in recent memory The oldest generation is the eye witness to modern memory When it passes on, we will begin to receive the history from the events and people of that generation without the influence of contemporary bias or dialectics.It has been almost hundred years since the Russian Revolution and Civil War It is still too early for its pure history, but reliable narratives, unbound by predictable dialectics, are finally beginning to emerge.Orlando Figes version is not perfect, but it is one of best summaries available to get the average reader up to a moderate speed on a very complex subject After presenting an unsparing portrayal of the various layers of Russian society from 1891 up until Bloody Sunday 1905, Figes Revolution of 1914 becomes but the inevitable, bloody result What comes as a surprise to the reader is the deep depravity of the Russian soul It is black, evil, and violent regardless of class or party affiliation Sparing neither women nor children, it wantonly murders, tortures, rapes, pillages and executes without a drop of conscience.This pitch black evil infected the souls of peasants and workers as well as generals, nobels, police and party apparatchiks It consumed the Tsar and Tsarina as well as Lenin, Totsky and Stalin.In the midst of these psychopaths, Figes follows a small handful of spectators such as Maxim Gorky and General Brusilov, the only WWI tsarist This is at one and the same time a very long book and a fascinating one As a exhaustive study of Russian history from the reign of Nicholas II to the death of Lenin, it is epic in its sweep The only reasons I could not find it in me to give it five stars are the following 1 Orlando Figes has developed a reputation for controversy First, he wrote reviews for.Com under an assumed name Birkbeck in which he excoriated competing writers on Russian history, blaming them at first on his wife Secondly, in his most recent work, he has been assailed for misrepresentations and gross inaccuracies Both of these events came after the 1997 publication of A People s Tragedy A History of the Russian Revolution, which seemed to this unsophisticated reader as a work displaying an admirable sense of balance 2 The last third of the book about the Civil War showed some exhaustion in its composition There were so many parties over and above the Reds and the Whites, including the Komuch, the Don Cossacks, Makhno s Ukrainian partisans, Petliura s partisans to name just a few Also, there were at least a dozen occasions when Figes would suddenly conclude that the main reason the Whites lost was A or B or An astonishing and grand overview of one of the most defining events of the 20th century the Russian Revolution.A powerful and convincing portrait of the madness and decay of Imperialist Russia to the total bloo Orlando Figes masterful A People s Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 provides a rich and complex portrait that of Russian society at the time of the fall of the Romanov dynasty and the birth of the Communist state One does not read it for Figes opinions but rather for the amount of detail that he is able to marshall and synthesize on the key social, cultural and political trends of the revolutionary era The book is a great pleasure for anyone fascinated by the culture and history of Russia Even those who disagree with Figes conclusions, will agree that he has taught them a great deal about the era.In terms of primary research, Figes specialty is Russian peasant society Not surprisingly then, the greatest strength of the book is the analysis of the role of the peasantry during the revolutionary era Figes argues that very effectively that the overriding goal of the leaders of the peasant communes times was to acquire ownership of the land held by the nobility When the Tsar s regime fell, the peasant co This is a remarkable book on the Russian Revolution It s coverage from 1891 thru 1924 is detailed, but very readable We are presented with a wide panoply of characters Tsar Nicholas II, Lenin, Prince Lvov, Kerensky, Gorky and many This gives a distinctive personal feeling where history is populated by real people and provides us with a ground view of the turbulent events of Russia It s a brutal history.Sadly, there were periods during the Tsar s rule and the first months after the 1917 revolution where the country seemed to be edging towards a democratic and liberal constitution but this was thwarted time and again and fell back to authoritarianism, which to some extent seems ingrained in the Russian psyche The author vividly portrays these figures for what they truly were Nicholas was weak kneed and never wanted anything to with democracy and liberalism he hindered any attempts to proceed in that direction falling back to a rigid domination was his rule of thumb Kerensky was the wrong man in the right place in that small opening after the events of Feb If you thought the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones was brutal, Orlando Figes wants to educate you You don t pick up a book like A People s Tragedy with the notion that it s going to be filled with newborn puppies, ice cream giveaways, and people finding rolled up and forgotten twenty dollar bills in their pockets If you do have that notion well, you should really reread the title Even so, the collection of misery in Figes massive history of the Russian Revolution is pretty overwhelming This is 824 pages of small font despair, as the Russian people move from ruthless and ordered autocracy to ruthless and unordered Revolution, before finally settling on a ruthless Soviet government as dictatorial and arbitrary as anything seen under the Tsars Contained between these two covers are all the things my wife tells me are not appropriate small talk for dinner parties War war as waged by fools the attendant slaughter of war as waged by fools revolution the attendant slaughter of revolution as waged by fanatics famine torture capriciousness shortsightedness disloyalty backstabbing A people s tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924, Orlando FigesA People s Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 is an award winning book written by British historian Orlando Figes and published in 1996 According to Figes the whole of 1917 could be seen as a political battle between those who saw the revolution as a means of bringing the war to an end and those who saw the war as a means of bring

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