By Orlando Figes
It really is historical past on an epic but human scale. sizeable 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 think of the Russian Revolution to be the main major occasion of the 20th century. individual student Orlando Figes offers a landscape of Russian society at the eve of that revolution, after which narrates the tale of ways those social forces have been violently erased. in the huge stokes of conflict and revolution are miniature histories of people, during which Figes follows the most players' fortunes as they observed their hopes die and their global crash into ruins. in contrast to prior debts 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 background and that what had all started 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 by means of a mature student, awarded in a compelling and accessibly human narrative.
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A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes