Revolutionary Russia, 1891 - 1991 : A History

Revolutionary Russia, 1891 - 1991 : A History

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In this elegant and incisive account, Orlando Figes offers an illuminating new perspective on the Russian Revolution. While other historians have focused their examinations on the cataclysmic years immediately before and after 1917, Figes shows how the revolution, while it changed in form and character, nevertheless retained the same idealistic goals throughout, from its origins in the famine crisis of 1891 until its end with the collapse of the Soviet regime in 1991.
Figes traces three generational phases: Lenin and the Bolsheviks, who set the pattern of destruction and renewal until their demise in the terror of the 1930s; the Stalinist generation, promoted from the lower classes, who created the lasting structures of the Soviet regime and consolidated its legitimacy through victory in war; and the generation of 1956, shaped by the revelations of Stalins crimes and committed to making the Revolution work to remedy economic decline and mass disaffection. Until the very end of the Soviet system, its leaders believed they were carrying out the revolution Lenin had begun.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books : Henry Holt and Company, 2014
ISBN: 9780805091311
Branch Call Number: 947.084 FIGES


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BCD2013 May 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
The Russian Revolution? Most would say it occurred in 1917. Russian scholar Figes argues that the Russia’s revolutionary period began in the late 19th century and continued – in fits and starts – up until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. An incisive overview of the history of Soviet Russia.
- Wayne Roylance


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