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Peasant Russia, Civil War: The Volga Countryside in Revolution 1917-21
Why and how did the October 1917 revolution occur in Russia? Often overlooked as a crucial factor in the Bolsheviks' victory was the role of the peasantry. Here is an enthralling portrait of this poor but sizable population on the eve of the uprising; of the breakdown of state power in the countryside; and, most important, of the relationship between the serfs and the Bols ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Phoenix
(first published April 19th 1989)
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Aug 02, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who want a better understanding of the peasantry's role in the russian revolution
I really picked through this one! Hmm...let me see what I can recall. First off, it is very, very good, very new, and Figes is a very young scholar. This book is a great accomplishment for him and a great addition to the field. Figes takes the Volga region and even focuses on distinctions throughout the region that have geopolitical significance. He chooses the Volga for many reasons, one (or one in the same) being that it is the "breadbasket" of Russia, and grain would stand to have a tremendou ...more
Orlando Figes is a British historian of Russia, and a professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London.More about Orlando Figes...