By Orlando Figes
It's background on an epic but human scale. tremendous in scope, exhaustive in unique study, written with ardour, narrative ability, and human sympathy, A People's Tragedy is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a brand new iteration. Many examine the Russian Revolution to be the main major occasion of the 20th century. exclusive pupil Orlando Figes offers a landscape of Russian society at the eve of that revolution, after which narrates the tale of the way those social forces have been violently erased. in the huge stokes of struggle and revolution are miniature histories of people, within which Figes follows the most players' fortunes as they observed their hopes die and their international crash into ruins. not like earlier bills that hint the origins of the revolution to overreaching political forces and beliefs, Figes argues that the failure of democracy in 1917 used to be deeply rooted in Russian tradition and social heritage and that what had begun as a people's revolution contained the seeds of its degeneration into violence and dictatorship. A People's Tragedy is a masterful and unique synthesis via a mature student, offered in a compelling and accessibly human narrative.
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A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes