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A People's Tragedy A PEOPLE S TRAGEDYA new illustrated edition of the acclaimed history of the Russian Revolution,The Russian Revolution was one of the most extraordinary events of the th century, transforming a medieval autocracy into the world s first ever experiment in mass socialism A People s Tragedy is the definitive account, combining a masterly overview of events with the personal stories of individuals, their hopes and ordeals Translated into overlanguages, and winner of five international awards, this is an unforgettable account of a pivotal era in historyThe epic history of the Russian RevolutionOn SundayJanuary , a crowd of , workers and their families marched to the Winter Palace in St Petersburg to petition the Tsar for food and material assistance More than a decade of famine, caused by failed crops and government indifference, had brought the Russian people to their knees Instead of succour, however, they were met with gunfire Withkilled andwounded, the day would live on in infamy as Bloody Sunday, the first day of the Russian RevolutionIn his acclaimed narrative history, Orlando Figes goes back to the s to explore the grievances that set the people on a collision course with the Tsarist autocracy Nicholas II, Russia s last Tsar, was opposed to any form of modernisation, and the rosy view he held of his people bore little resemblance to the wretched existence of the Russian peasantry Moreover, his wife Alexandra was mistrusted because of her German ancestry and her association with the disreputable healer Rasputin Following the fallout of Bloody Sunday a reluctant Tsar and his government established a parliament, but the fledgling democracy was doomed No package of political reforms could ever resolve the profound social divide in Russian society The hardship caused by the First World War was the final undoing of the Tsarist regime a bread shortage insparked the February RevolutionFiges brilliantly captures the terrible plight of the Russian people over the ensuing years, as the Revolution was followed by civil war, pogroms, famine and persecutions led by the Cheka or secret police He captures the personalities of key figureheads such as Leon Trotsky the great orator whose arrogance and Jewish background made him unpopular with his party and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the iron willed demagogue who gave himself entirely to politics He also follows half a dozen other individuals whose lives were torn apart by the conflict They include the aristocratic General Brusilov, a hero of the First World War who went over to the Red Army inand lived to regret it the writer Maxim Gorky, whose faith in his people was shattered by the hideous bloodshed of the Revolution and the peasant writer Sergei Semenov, who attempted to improve conditions in his village but was shot in the back by a jealous neighbour after years of intimidationFiges is equally clear eyed about the arrogance of the Tsarist regime and Lenin s pitiless contempt for the ordinary people in his pursuit of the Communist utopia He also reveals the clientelism and corruption of the Bolshevik system despite claiming to represent the people, the Bolsheviks were deeply suspicious of peasants and resorted to brute force in order to seize control of their crops and grain Yet fighting under the Red Flag the symbol of the people gave the Red Army a decisive advantage, and they defeated the remaining White Army troops in Siberia inTwo years later Lenin died Confined to a wheelchair after several strokes, he had lived his last few years effectively the prisoner of his successor, Josef StalinBy the time the Revolution ended, the death toll was in the region of ten million people counting only the deaths from the Civil War, famine, disease and the Red Terror Russia had not become, as Lenin had described it, the freest country in the world The reason for this, Figes suggests, was that centuries of serfdom and autocratic rule had left the common people unprepared to claim their place as citizens in a democratic society Instead, they had become the servants of a new regime which in many ways resembled the old oneA PEOPLE S TRAGEDY Winner of five international awards The NCR Book Award The Wolfson Prize The W H Smith Literary Award The Longman History Today Book of the Year Award The Los Angeles Times Book Award Source

About the Author: Orlando Figes

Orlando Figes is a British historian of Russia, and a professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London.

10 thoughts on “A People's Tragedy

  1. Warwick Warwick says:

    While I was halfway through this, an inspirational quote from Lenin happened to come up on my reddit feed Something from one of those early speeches, about equality for all I left a comment to suggest I thought quite mildly that it was, perhaps, ethic

  2. Matt Matt says:

    If you thought the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones was brutal, Orlando Figes wants to educate you You don t pick up a book like A People s Tragedy with the notion that it s going to be filled with newborn puppies, ice cream giveaways, and people finding ro

  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    A people s tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924, Orlando FigesA People s Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 is an award winning book written by British historian Orlando Figes and published in 1996 According to Figes the whole of 1917 could be seen as a pol

  4. David Gustafson David Gustafson says:

    Recent memory, modern memory and then history We are all living in recent memory The oldest generation is the eye witness to modern memory When it passes on, we will begin to receive the history from the events and people of that generation without the influence of contempor

  5. Jerome Jerome says:

    First, Figes briskly deals with all those things you thought you knew about the Russian Revolution, Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Kerensky the liberals, the Bolsheviks, the Tsar Again and again, I realized I had picked up myths either promoted by those who lost, or those who consolidated,

  6. Jim Jim says:

    This is at one and the same time a very long book and a fascinating one As a exhaustive study of Russian history from the reign of Nicholas II to the death of Lenin, it is epic in its sweep The only reasons I could not find it in me to give it five stars are the following 1 Orlando Figes ha

  7. Mary Mary says:

    The Russian Revolution launched a vast experiment in social engineering perhaps the grandest in the history of mankind It was arguably an experiment which the human race was bound to make at some point in its evolution, the logical conclusion of humanity s historic striving for social justice and c

  8. Luke Luke says:

    In this work, Figes makes two arguments that are not fully apparent until the conclusion First, the Russian people were not betrayed by the Revolution Instead, the devolution of the Revolution was, in Figes s view, the result of the inability of the Russian people to come to terms with democratic instituti

  9. Czarny Pies Czarny Pies says:

    Orlando Figes masterful A People s Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 provides a rich and complex portrait that of Russian society at the time of the fall of the Romanov dynasty and the birth of the Communist state One does not read it for Figes opinions but rather for the amount of detail that he is able to

  10. Mikey B. Mikey B. says:

    This is a remarkable book on the Russian Revolution It s coverage from 1891 thru 1924 is detailed, but very readable We are presented with a wide panoply of characters Tsar Nicholas II, Lenin, Prince Lvov, Kerensky, Gorky and manyThis gives a distinctive personal feeling where history is populated by real people and provi

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