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Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991

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Presenting a new perspective on the Russian Revolution, a noted historian traces three generational phases to show how the revolution, while it changed in form and character, retained the same idealistic goals throughout.

McMillan Palgrave

From the author of A People’s Tragedy, an original reading of the Russian Revolution, examining it not as a single event but as a hundred-year cycle of violence in pursuit of utopian dreams

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 communist 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 Stalin’s 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.

With the authority and distinctive style that have marked his magisterial histories, Figes delivers an accessible and paradigm-shifting reconsideration of one of the defining events of the twentieth century.

Authors: Figes, Orlando
Statement of Responsibility: Orlando Figes
Title: Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991
a history
Edition: First U.S. edition
Characteristics: viii, 324 pages ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: The start
The "dress rehearsal"
Last hopes
War and revolution
The February Revolution
Lenin's revolution
Civil War and the making of the Soviet system
Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin
The revolution's golden age?
The great break
Stalin's crisis
Communism in retreat?
The great terror
Revolution for export
War and revolution
Revolution and Cold War
The beginning of the end
Mature socialism
The last bolshevik
Judgement
Subject Headings: Insurgency Russia History 19th century Revolutions Russia History 20th century Revolutions Soviet Union History Russia History 1801-1917 Russia History 20th century Soviet Union History
Topical Term: Insurgency
Revolutions
Revolutions
LCCN: 2013042580
ISBN: 9780805091311
0805091319
Branch Call Number: 947.084 F
Research Call Number: JFE 14-4462
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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 histo... Read More »


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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.
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