The Russian Century: A History of the Last 100 Years
Making extensive use of contemporary accounts, Moynahan traces Russia's turbulent 20th century, from the last days of tsarist rule to the Bolshevik Revolution, two world wars (and one cold one), and to the overthrow of the Communist regime. Simultaneously a political, social and oral history, this book will quickly become the preeminent short history of Russia's recent past. Photos.
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The NKVD came with it, deporting thousands of Poles in cattle trucks to the Gulag
. Captured Polish officers were never seen again; they were massacred on
Stalin's orders in the forests of Katyn. Finland was harder to break. The Russians
attacked in November 1939, but suffered terrible casualties as poorly led units
floundered in snowdrifts. Many froze to death as Finnish ski troops concentrated
on destroying Russian field kitchens and tents. The command was affected by the
News of Beria's arrest had reached the Gulag; Snegov, who knew many of the
secret policeman's crimes, detailed them in letters that were smuggled to
Khrushchev and Mikoyan in Moscow. When Beria saw him in court he shouted: "
What, are you still alive?" "Your organisation didn't do its job properly," Snegov
spat back. Snegov was questioned closely on Beria's past; the Gulag, from which
he had so recently been sprung, was not mentioned. After a fulsome confession
the death ...
They were unamused, too, at the flow of evidence; the novels, memoirs, stories
and articles on the Gulag that Khrushchev allowed to be published. He had
helped hound Boris Pasternak, whose great novel Doctor Zhivago was smuggled
out of Russia to an Italian publisher in 1957. When he handed the manuscript
over at his dacha in the writers' colony of Peredelkino outside Moscow, Pasternak
said: "You've invited me to my own execution." Like most inconveniences, the
book was ...
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THE RUSSIAN CENTURY: Birth of a Nation: 1894-1994User Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A spectacular, startling, and sometimes downright grisly chronicle, in words and pictures, of a bloody and tumultuous period. Alongside a stunning battery of photographs scoured from archives and ... Read full review
The Russian century: a photographic history of Russia's 100 yearsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
From the image of a nun drawing water near the Pontetayevsky Convent in 1904 to a shot of Russians joyfully swilling vodka in the post-Communist era, this photohistory offers an excellent overview of ... Read full review
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