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Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History
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Orlando Figes
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Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History

Orlando Figes


Metropolitan Books

European history


336 pages

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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 Soviet regime in 1991.

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.

By:   Orlando Figes
Imprint:   Metropolitan Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   517g
ISBN:   9780805091311
ISBN 10:   0805091319
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   April 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Orlando Figes is the author of eight books on Russia that have been translated into twenty-seven languages; they include The Whisperers, A People's Tragedy, Natasha's Dance, and Just Send Me Word. A professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Figes is the recipient of the Wolfon History Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, the NCR Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among others.

A primer intended for readers unfamiliar with the territory, it sparkles with ideas, vivid storytelling, poignant anecdotes, and pithy phrases . . . Fresh and dramatic. Victor Sebestyen, <i>The Sunday Times (London)</i></p> The dean of contemporary Russian studies-and a gifted popularizer-ventures a refreshing thesis that joins the fondest dreams of the Bolsheviks to the full-circle collapse of the Soviet Empire. <i>Kirkus Reviews, starred review</i></p>

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