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White Terror: Cossack Warlords of the Trans-Siberian
by Jamie Bisher
In the last days of 1917, a fugitive Cossack captain brashly led seven cohorts into a mutinous garrison at Manchuli, a squalid bordertown on Russia's frontier with Manchuria. The garrison had gone Red, revolted against its officers, and become a dangerous, ill-disciplined mob. Nevertheless, Cossack Captain Grigori Semionov cleverly harangued the garrison into laying down i ...more
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Routledge
(first published 2005)
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This is history writing at its best. There is a mass of detailed information, with excellent footnotes, and yet it is marshalled so well that we don't feel lost in the forest. The style is both lucid and vivid. The author is not afraid to make some strong judgements, and yet so overwhelming is the evidence presented that I always felt his opinions were just even when they were most condemnatory. For the sad fact is that this is a harrowing tale and a narrative where human evil and folly are laid ...more
A truly excellent book which it seems never got much circulation. Few books on this topic exist in English and no others I have seen go into such detail. Some great stuff here and I would have given it 5 stars especially as not even having a cover I had low expectations if it were not for several sections of rather egregious formatting errors on the electronic version which must have happened in conversion. Happens at least three times, not enough to be a big problem but more than enough to be f ...more