Peasant Russia, Civil War: The Volga Countryside in Revolution, 1917-1921

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Phoenix, 2001 - History - 400 pages
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Why and how did the October 1917 revolution occur in Russia? Often overlooked as a crucial factor in the Bolsheviks' victory was the role of the peasantry. Here is an enthralling portrait of this poor but sizable population on the eve of the uprising; of the breakdown of state power in the countryside; and, most important, of the relationship between the serfs and the Bolsheviks during the civil war. An enlightening approach, illustrated with disturbing contemporary images.

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This book masterfully explains how a party of the urban proletariat gained control of a rural peasant nation. Read full review

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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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