A people's tragedy: the Russian Revolution, 1891-1924

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Penguin Books, 1998 - Fiction - 923 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Jim Hale - Goodreads

Sweeping, magisterial, and highly readable, Figes manages to make sense out of one of the most complex events in world history. His insights and judgments are always fair-minded, but the facts he ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zeb Larson - Goodreads

A great read, and using Gorky as one of the chief protagonists give it a very human feel. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Orlando Figes is the author of "Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia" and "A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924," which received the Wolfson Prize for History and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A frequent contributor to "The New York Times" and "The New York Review of Books," among other publications, Figes is a professor of history at Birbeck College, University of London.

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