A People's Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891–1924


A People's Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891–1924 Opening with a panorama of Russian society from the cloistered world of the Tsar to the brutal life of the peasants A People's Tragedy follows workers soldiers intellectuals and villagers as their world is consumed by revolution and then degenerates into violence and dictatorship Drawing on vast original research Figes conveys above all the shocking experience of the revolution for those who lived it while providing the clearest and most cogent account of how and why it unfolded  Now including a new introduction that reflects on the revolution's centennial legacy A People's Tragedy is a masterful and definitive record of one of the most important events in modern history



10 thoughts on “A People's Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891–1924

  1. says:

    While I was halfway through this an ‘inspirational uote’ from Lenin happened to come up on my reddit feed Something from one of those early speeches about euality for all I left a comment to suggest – I thought uite mildly – that it was perhaps ethically uestionable to be uoting with approbation someone responsible for the deaths of hundreds of t


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    If you thought the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones was brutal Orlando Figes wants to educate you You don’t pick up a book like A People’s Tragedy with the notion that it’s going to be filled with newborn puppies ice cream giveaways and people finding rolled up and forgotten twenty dollar bills in their pockets If you do have that notion – well you


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    ‭A people's tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 Orlando FigesA People's Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891–1924 is an award winning book written by British historian Orlando Figes and published in 1996 According to Figes the whole of 1917 could be seen as a political battle between those who saw the revolution as a means of bringing the war to an end


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    Recent memory modern memory and then history We are all living in recent memory The oldest generation is the eye witness to modern memory When it passes on we will begin to receive the history from the events and people of that generation without the influence of contemporary bias or dialecticsIt has been almost a hundred years since the Russian Revolution and Civil


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    First Figes briskly deals with all those things you thought you knew about the Russian Revolution Lenin Stalin Trotsky Kerensky the liberals the Bolsheviks the Tsar Again and again I realized I had picked up myths either promoted by those who lost or those who consolidated the Revolution The mythmaking machine was going full tilt from 1917 onwards particularly during th


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    This is at one and the same time a very long book and a fascinating one As a exhaustive study of Russian history from the reign of Nicholas II to the death of Lenin it is epic in its sweep The only reasons I could not find it in me to give it five stars are the following1 Orlando Figes has developed a reputation for controversy First he wrote reviews for Com under an assume


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    In this work Figes makes two arguments that are not fully apparent until the conclusion First the Russian people were not betrayed by the Revolution Instead the devolution of the Revolution was in Figes's view the result of the inability of the Russian people to come to terms with democratic institutions He finds that the period between 1905 1914 represented Russia's liberal de


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    “The Russian Revolution launched a vast experiment in social engineering – perhaps the grandest in the history of mankind It was arguably an experiment which the human race was bound to make at some point in its evolution the logical conclusion of humanity’s historic striving for social justice and comradeship”Figes writes about the Russian Revolution as of a coup in both


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    Orlando Figes' masterful A People's Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 provides a rich and complex portrait that of Russian society at the time of the fall of the Romanov dynasty and the birth of the Communist state One does not read it for Figes' opinions but rather for the amount of detail that he is able to marshall and synthesize on the key social cultural and political trend


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    This is a remarkable book on the Russian Revolution It’s coverage from 1891 thru 1924 is detailed but very readable We are presented with a wide panoply of characters; Tsar Nicholas II Lenin Prince Lvov Kerensky Gorky and many This gives a distinctive personal feeling where history is populated by real people and provides us with a ground view of the turbulent events of Russia It’s a


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About the Author: Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is a British historian of Russia and a professor of history at Birkbeck University of London