Russian Civil War 1918-22by David Bullock
The Russian Civil War was the most important event of its kind in the 20th century. It changed the lives of over half a billion people and dramatically shaped the political, human and economic geography of Europe, the Far East and Central Asia. Over a tempestuous four-year period the Communist Red Army and the loosely formed, anti-Bolshevist White Army battled in a
The Russian Civil War was the most important event of its kind in the 20th century. It changed the lives of over half a billion people and dramatically shaped the political, human and economic geography of Europe, the Far East and Central Asia. Over a tempestuous four-year period the Communist Red Army and the loosely formed, anti-Bolshevist White Army battled in a war that would totally transform the vast Eurasian heartland and lead to Communist revolutions worldwide as well as the Cold War. David Bullock offers a fresh perspective on this conflict, examining the forces of both sides, the intervention of non-Russian forces, including American, Canadian, British, and Japanese troops, and the involvement of female soldiers and partisans.
The military story of massed infantry and cavalry actions, mechanized warfare with tanks, armored cars and trains, and air combat, all along rapidly shifting fronts, is told against the incredible backdrop of political and social revolution. It is an account that is interwoven with tragedy - 30 million people died during the Civil War - and the author skillfully places the battles in the context of human suffering as he explores the cruel sacrifice of a huge population on the altar of political power.
The absorbing text includes dramatic first-hand accounts, and is vividly illustrated with carefully selected previously unpublished photographs. This new insight into history's most significant civil war, which began 90 years ago, will be welcomed by all students of history seeking a compact account of the conflict that brought into being a new superpower - the USSR - and its threatening ideology.
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David Bullock holds a PhD in European Military History and has been an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Currently, he writes official histories as a military historian for the Department of Defense and is an adjunct Associate Professor at Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs. The author lives in Colorado Springs, CO.
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David Bullock has demonstrated a clear proficiency in historical research by bringing out the truth of this little known post-World War I conflict. Most of us who are students of history already know the time frame and political events that led up to the Russian Revolution of 1917, but few of us are aware that the four year conflict to follow was actually a civil war. 1917 saw the fall of Tsar Nicholas and the communist takeover of Russia; however, this brief moment was relatively bloodless compared to the hellish cauldron that transpired in 1918, pitting anti-communist White Russian forces against the murderous Bolsheviks led by Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin. This well-researched book can be a very technical read since it primarily explains the vaious factions of rival communist-socialist parties and battle tactics of a very complex war. However, Bullock does incorporate behind-the-scenes politics that led up to this bloody conflict, including the brutal murders of the Romanov family at the hands of the Bolsheviks.