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Russian Revolution Anyone?

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ipanemagirl16 Sat 15-Mar-14 20:06:32

Hey, can anyone recommend a good, but not too heavy, book on the Russian Revolution please?

fideline Sat 15-Mar-14 22:37:51

Explaining the whole thing? hmm

Nicholas and Alexandra By Robert Massie here Is still one of the best books written about the last Tsar and his family. Very very readable and naturally deals with the causes of the Revolution along the way.

ipanemagirl16 Sun 16-Mar-14 12:56:12

Thank you Fideline, will check it out.

Brices Mon 17-Mar-14 06:53:33

A people's tradgedy by Orlando figues, a tome but reads like a novel, best history book I've read, so insightful

ipanemagirl16 Tue 18-Mar-14 13:54:07

Thanks Brices, I saw A People's Tragedy on Amazon, good to have a recommendation. I've requested both books from the library. History lesson starts soon!

QueenAnneofAustria Wed 09-Apr-14 21:46:38

Sheila Ftizpatrick 'The Russian Revolution'. Not too big, she writes brilliantly and is generally quite brilliant.
She has also written some great books on Stalinism.

Orlando Figes' books are fab and very accessible and full of anecdotal evidence that make a great read. I have met him a number of times and been taught by him.

MadamBatShit Tue 15-Apr-14 17:07:40

Emma Goldman is terrific. She wrote about her disillusionment in Russia in 1923. Very readable.

EduardoBarcelona Fri 09-May-14 07:36:54

when I was a teen I liked the book investigating Anastasia by the sunday times team

HPparent Fri 09-May-14 07:39:25

10 Days that shook the world. By john reed who was actually there.

Peanut15 Fri 09-May-14 07:41:42

For a novel try simon sebag montefiore

EduardoBarcelona Sat 10-May-14 11:48:41

I hate his writing. Kind of chick lit. Stupid one about some girl who became a communist

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