A People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes
A History of the Russian Revolution

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A comprehensive, one-volume account of the Russian Revolution covers every moment, from the end of the nineteenth century to the death of Lenin, and explores how Russian pre-revolution social forces were violently erased and replaced.

About Orlando Figes

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Orlando Figes is the author of "Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia" and "A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924," which received the Wolfson Prize for History and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A frequent contributor to "The New York Times" and "The New York Review of Books," among other publications, Figes is a professor of history at Birbeck College, University of London.
Published March 1, 1997 by Penguin Books. 960 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In the detail that he gives to this vast canvas, in his insight into the Russian people, in the strength of his narrative, and in the human dimension that he gives to the story, with the lives of significant characters traced over lengthy periods of time, Figes has written an incomparable book.

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Orlando Figes has written a most impressive book.

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London Review of Books

For instance, on page 460 we are told that ‘the October Revolution was a coup, actively supported by a small minority of the population.’ But on the previous page we have been told that ‘the revitalisation of the Soviets … coincided with their radicalisation from below, as factories and garrisons...

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