The Russian Civil War by Evan Mawdsley

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A commanding chronicle of the three turbulent years that brought the ironfisted Soviet regime to political power In St. Petersburg on October 25, 1917, the Bolshevik Party stormed the capital city and seized power over the Russian Provisional Government, which had been operating ineffectively since the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II eight months before. That October Revolution began the Russian Civil War, which in three years would cost the largest country in the world more than seven million lives. It was an apocalyptic struggle, replete with famine and pestilence, but out of the struggle a new social order would rise: The Soviet Union. Mawdsley offers a lucid, superbly detailed account of the men and events that shaped twentieth-century communist Russia. He draws upon a wide range of sources to recount the military course of the war, as well as the hardship the conflict brought to the country and its people—for the victory and the reconstruction of the state under the Soviet regime came at a painfully high economic and human price.

About Evan Mawdsley

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Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History in the Department of History, University of Glasgow. His previous publications include The Russian Civil War (1983/2008), The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev: The Central Committee and its Members, 1917 1991 (with Stephen White, 2000), The Stalin Years: The Soviet Union, 1929 1953 (2003) and Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941 1945 (2005).
Published July 12, 2011 by Pegasus Books. 260 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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