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The Russian Revolution
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The Russian Revolution (Hardback)

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An illustrated account of one of the most pivotal events in modern history - the Russian revolution of 1917.



In the early years of the twentieth century, Imperial Russia was an ethnically diverse empire of some 125,000,000 souls, stretching from Ukraine and Belarus in the west to the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk in the Far East. At the head of this autocratic, fossilised and profoundly dysfunctional polity was Tsar Nicholas II, whose Romanov successors had ruled Russia since the start of the seventeenth century with a lethal mixture of domestic cruelty, expansionist energy and reactionary incompetence - interspersed with occasional reformist spasms.



By early 1917, Russia - mired since 1914 in a sapping war with Germany and Austria-Hungary on its eastern borders - was unreformable, and the tsar's authority irreparably damaged. In March of that year, Nicholas II abdicated and the tsarist system was overthrown. The provisional government installed in its stead to organise democratic elections lasted just eight chaotic months before being ousted by Lenin's Bolsheviks in the October Revolution. Lenin ended Russian participation in World War I in the spring of 1918, and civil war soon erupted between the Bolsheviks ('Reds') and the counter-revolutionary 'Whites'. By 1923, the victorious Reds had become the Communist Party, and established their power across the entirety of the old Russian empire to form the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).



Writing with crisp immediacy, Victor Sebestyen narrates and analyses an unprecedented era of political and social convulsion. The revolutions of February and October 1917 changed the course of Russian history, and, more than a century later their backwash continues to be deeply felt across the world.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsRevolutions, uprisings, rebellionsRussian Revolution Publisher: Head of Zeus Publication Date: 09/06/2022 ISBN-13: 9781800244719  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Victor Sebestyen was born in Budapest and was a child when his family left Hungary as refugees. As a journalist, he has worked for numerous publications, including The Times, New York Times, London Evening Standard, and Daily Mail. He reported widely from Eastern Europe when Communism collapsed and t he Berlin Wall came down in 1989, as well as covering t he wars in former Yugoslavia and t he breakup of t he Soviet Union. Victor's books include Twelve Days, an acclaimed history of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, and Revolution 1989, a highly praised account of the fall of the Soviet empire.

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