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Novye Zavety : samye izvestnye li︠u︡i Rossii o svoikh mechtakh, strakhak i uspekhakh
Moskva : Izdatelʹstvo Ė, [2016]
Baker Berry DK510.762 .N68 2016

Russia in revolution : an empire in crisis, 1890 to 1928
Smith, S. A. 1952- author
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017
Roots of revolution, 1880s-1905 -- From reform to war, 1906-1917 -- From February to October 1917 -- Civil war and Bolshevik power -- War communism -- The New Economic Policy : politics and the economy -- The New Economic Policy : society and culture.

"The Russian Revolution of 1917 transformed the face of the Russian empire, politically, economically, socially, and culturally, and also profoundly affected the course of world history for the rest of the twentieth century. Now, to mark the centenary of this epochal event, historian Steve Smith presents a panoramic account of the history of the Russian empire, from the last years of the nineteenth century, through the First World War and the revolutions of 1917 and the establishment of the Bolshevik regime, to the end of the 1920s, when Stalin simultaneously unleashed violent collectivization of agriculture and crash industrialization upon Russian society. Drawing on recent archivally-based scholarship, Russia in Revolution pays particular attention to the varying impact of the Revolution on the various groups that made up society: peasants, workers, non-Russian nationalities, the army, women and the family, young people, and the Church. In doing so, it provides a fresh way into the big, perennial questions about the Revolution and its consequences: why did the attempt by the tsarist government to implement political reform after the 1905 Revolution fail; why did the First World War bring about the collapse of the tsarist system; why did the attempt to create a democratic system after the February Revolution of 1917 not get off the ground; why did the Bolsheviks succeed in seizing and holding on to power; why did they come out victorious from a punishing civil war; why did the New Economic Policy they introduced in 1921 fail; and why did Stalin come out on top in the power struggle inside the Bolshevik party after Lenin's death in 1924. A final chapter then reflects on the larger significance of 1917 for the history of the twentieth century-- and, for all its terrible flaws, what the promise of the Revolution might mean for us today."--
Baker Berry DK265 .S5293 2017

Petrograd 1917 : witnesses to the Russian Revolution
Pinfold, John, author
Oxford : Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, [2017]
"It's damned hard lines asking for bread and only getting a bullet!" The dramatic and chaotic events surrounding the Russian Revolution have been studied and written about extensively for the last hundred years, by historians and journalists alike. However, some of the most compelling and valuable accounts are those recorded by eyewitnesses, many of whom were foreign nationals caught in Petrograd at the time. Drawing from the Bodleian Library's rich collections, this book features extracts from letters, journals, diaries and memoirs written by a diverse cast of onlookers. Primarily British, the authors include Sydney Gibbes, English tutor to the royal children, Bertie Stopford, an antiques dealer who smuggled the Vladimir tiara and other Romanov jewels into the UK, and the private secretary to Lord Milner in the British War Cabinet. Contrasting with these are a memoir by Stinton Jones, an engineer who found himself sharing a train compartment with Rasputin, a newspaper report by governess Janet Jeffrey who survived a violent confrontation with the Red Army, and letters home from Labour politician, Arthur Henderson. Accompanied by seventy contemporary illustrations, these first-hand accounts are put into context with introductory notes, giving a fascinating insight into the tumultuous year of 1917.
Baker Berry DK265 .P4548 2017

Lenin the dictator : an intimate portrait
Sebestyen, Victor, 1956- author
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017
Victor Sebestyen's intimate biography is the first major work in English for nearly two decades on one of the most significant figures of the twentieth century. In Russia to this day Lenin inspires adulation. Everywhere, he continues to fascinate as a man who made history, and who created a new kind of state that would later be imitated by nearly half the countries in the world. Lenin believed that the 'the political is the personal', and while in no way ignoring his political life, Sebestyen's focus will be on Lenin the man - a man who loved nature almost as much as he loved making revolution, and whose closest ties and friendships were with women. The long-suppressed story of his menage a trois with his wife, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and his mistress and comrade, Inessa Armand, reveals a different character to the coldly one-dimensional figure of legend. Told through the prism of Lenin's key relationships, Sebestyen's lively biography casts a new light the Russian Revolution, one of the great turning points of modern history.
Baker Berry DK254.L4 S33 2017

The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921
Steinberg, Mark D., 1953- author
Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2017
Introduction : Experiencing the Russian Revolution -- Springtime of freedom : walking the past -- Revolution, uncertainty, and war -- 1917 -- Civil war -- Politics of the street -- Women and revolution in the Village -- Overcoming empire -- Utopians -- Conclusion : An unfinished revolution.

This is a new history of Russia's revolutionary era as a story of experience-of people making sense of history as it unfolded in their own lives and as they took part in making history themselves. The major events, trends, and explanations, reaching from Bloody Sunday in 1905 to the final shots of the civil war in 1921, are viewed through the doubled perspective of the professional historian looking backward and the contemporary journalist reporting and interpreting history as it happened. The volume then turns toward particular places and people: city streets, peasant villages, the margins of empire (Central Asia, Ukraine, the Jewish Pale), women and men, workers and intellectuals, artists and activists, utopian visionaries, and discontents of all kinds. We spend time with the famous (Vladimir Lenin, Lev Trotsky, Alexandra Kollontai, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Isaac Babel) and with those whose names we don't even know. Key themes include difference and inequality (social, economic, gendered, ethnic), power and resistance, violence, and ideas about justice and freedom.
Baker Berry DK263 .S83 2017

The last of the tsars : Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution
Service, Robert, 1947- author
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017
Tsar of all Russia -- At GHQ -- The February revolution -- Abdication -- Tsarskoe Selo -- Family life -- The provisional government -- The British offer -- Rules and routines -- On the lives of rulers -- Kerensky's dilemma -- Distant transfer -- Destination Tobolsk -- Plenipotentiary Pankratov -- The October revolution -- The Romanov dispersal -- Freedom House -- Learning from others -- Time on their hands -- "October" in January -- The Moscow discussions -- Rescue plans -- The Russian future -- Comrades on the march -- Tobolsk and Moscow -- Commissar Yaklovlev -- The order to move -- South to Tyumen -- Destination to be confirmed -- To the Ipatev house -- The Urals and its Bolsheviks -- Meanwhile, in Tobolsk -- Enduring Ekaterinburg -- A sense of the world -- Civil War -- German manoeuvres -- Last days in the house -- The Ekaterinburg trap -- The Moscow fulcrum -- The man who would not be tsar -- Narrowed options -- Death in the cellar -- Red evacuation -- Murders, cover-ups, pretenders -- The Czechoslovak occupation -- Romanov survivors -- The anti-Bolshevik inquiry -- Dispute without bones -- Afterword.

A detailed account of Tsar Nicholas II's last eighteenth months draws on the Tsar's diaries, recorded conversations, and official inquiry testimonies to create a portrait of a man entirely out of his depth.
Baker Berry DK258 .S47 2017

Die Hessin auf dem Zarenthron : Maria, Kaiserin von Russland
Butenschön, Marianna, author
Darmstadt : Theiss, [2017]
Baker Berry DK219.6.M37 B88 2017

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