A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924

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Penguin Books, 1998 - History - 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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One of the most interesting books I have read . . . made me think. This book is dense, and it was difficult to get through . . . lots of information. Author's knowledge is unbelievable, expansive and deep. Read full review

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Far and away the best single volume of the background of the various revolutions and of early Soviet history (through Lenin's death and Stalin's rise to power) that I know of. Figes, a truly gifted ... Read full review

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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.

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