A Concise History of the Russian Revolution

A Concise History of the Russian Revolution

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Richard Pipes's authoritative history of the "violent and disruptive acts" that created the first modern totalitarian regime portrays the crisis at the heart of the tsarist empire. Drawing on archival materials newly released in Russia, he chronicles the upheaval that began as a conservative revolt but was soon captured by messianic intellectuals intent not merely on reforming Russia but on remaking the world. He provides fresh accounts of the revolution's personalities and policies, crises, and cruelties, from the murder of the royal family through civil war, famine, and state terror. Brilliantly and persuasively, Pipes shows us why the resulting system owes less to the theories of Marx than it did to the character of Lenin and Russia's long authoritarian tradition. What ensues is a path-clearing work that is indispensable to any understanding of the events of the century.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1996
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780679745440
Branch Call Number: 947.0841 P6618C 1996
Characteristics: xvii, 431 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm

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Feb 22, 2016

The author explains the causes of the revolution, the participants and the outcome. The story of what actually happened is different than that depicted in movies or taught in school. We learn why events went so differently in Russia than other countries that revolted against their monarchs, and that after the revolution, communism was not inevitable.

Nov 03, 2010

great book, needed it for a thesis paper.


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