Night of Stone: Death and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia

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Penguin, Mar 26, 2002 - History - 402 pages
During the twentieth century, Russia, Ukraine, and the other territories of the former Soviet Union experienced more bloodshed and violent death than anywhere else on earth: fifty million dead in an epic of destruction that encompassed war, revolution, famine, epidemic, and political purges. In Night of Stone, Catherine Merridale asks Russians difficult questions about how their country's volatile past has affected their everyday lives, aspirations, dreams, and nightmares. Drawing upon evidence from rare Imperial archives, Soviet propaganda, memoirs, letters, newspapers, literature, psychiatric studies, and interviews, Night of Stoneprovides a highly original and revealing history of modern Russia.

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A wrenchingly poignant examination of how the Russian people have coped with a century of tragedy and loss.Because Merridale (History/Univ. of Bristol) believes that the truth resides more in stories ... Read full review

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For anyone who wants to understand ordinary Russians today this book by a British academic is vital reading. The book is not really a book about politics, though politics is an important background ... Read full review


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Catherine Merridale is a Senior Lecturer in history at the University of Bristol. She holds degrees from Cambridge & Birmingham. This book was supported by grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the British Academy, & the Russian Academy of Science. She is the author of two academic books on Russia & has written for the prestigious History Workshop Journal. She lives in Bristol, England.

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