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The Russian Revolution: A New History

The Russian Revolution: A New History

by Sean McMeekin


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From an award-winning scholar comes this definitive, single-volume history that illuminates the tensions and transformations of the Russian Revolution.

In The Russian Revolution, acclaimed historian Sean McMeekin traces the events which ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and introduced communism to the world. Between 1917 and 1922, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation. Taking advantage of the collapse of the Tsarist regime in the middle of World War I, the Bolsheviks staged a hostile takeover of the Russian Imperial Army, promoting mutinies and mass desertions of men in order to fulfill Lenin’s program of turning the “imperialist war” into civil war. By the time the Bolsheviks had snuffed out the last resistance five years later, over twenty million people had died, and the Russian economy had collapsed so completely that communism had to be temporarily abandoned.
The first comprehensive history of these momentous events in over two decades, The Russian Revolution combines cutting-edge scholarship and a fast-paced narrative to shed new light on one of the most significant turning points of the twentieth century.

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ISBN-13: 9781541675483
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 131,420
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sean McMeekin is a professor of history at Bard College. The award-winning author of several books, including The Russian Revolution, July 1914, and The Ottoman Endgame, McMeekin lives in Clermont, New York.

Table of Contents

A Note on Dates, Names, Translation, and Transliteration ix

Introduction: The First Century of the Russian Revolution xi

Maps xviii

Prologue: The Blood of a Peasant 1

I Twilight of the Romanovs

1 The Old Regime, and Its Enemies 11

2 1905: Shock to the System 29

3 The Fragile Giant: Tsarist Russia on the Precipice of War 45

4 Russia's War, 1914-1916 61

II 1917: A False Dawn

5 Full of Fight 83

6 A Break in the Weather 95

7 Army in the Balance 109

8 The German Gambit 125

9 Twilight of the Liberals 137

10 Kerensky's Moment 147

III Hostile Takeover

11 Lenin Shows His Hand 159

12 Army on the Brink 175

13 Red October 193

14 General Strike 213

15 Ceasefire 225

16 Russia at Low Ebb 241

17 Reprieve 255

IV The Bolsheviks in Power

18 War Communism 273

19 Red on White 281

20 The Communist International 301

21 The Ides of March 311

22 "Turn Gold into Bread": Famine and the War on the Church 321

23 Rapallo 335

Epilogue: The Specter of Communism 343

Acknowledgments 353

Abbreviations 357

Notes 359

Sources 401

Index 421

Photo section appears between pages 156 and 157

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