Orlando Figes





Orlando Figes


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in London, The United Kingdom
November 20, 1959

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Orlando Figes is a British historian of Russia, and a professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London.

Average rating: 4.13 · 10,624 ratings · 1,036 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
A People's Tragedy: The Rus...

4.27 avg rating — 2,512 ratings — published 1996 — 34 editions
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Natasha's Dance: A Cultural...

4.16 avg rating — 2,279 ratings — published 2002 — 22 editions
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The Crimean War: A History

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The Whisperers: Private Lif...

4.16 avg rating — 1,847 ratings — published 2007 — 32 editions
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Revolutionary Russia, 1891-...

3.97 avg rating — 928 ratings — published 2014 — 11 editions
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Just Send Me Word: A True S...

3.83 avg rating — 500 ratings — published 2012 — 23 editions
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Interpreting the Russian Re...

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Peasant Russia, Civil War: ...

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War and Peace

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The Master and Margarita

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4.32 avg rating — 161,039 ratings — published 1967 — 593 editions
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“The link between literacy and revolutions is a well-known historical phenomenon. The three great revolutions of modern European history -- the English, the French and the Russian -- all took place in societies where the rate of literacy was approaching 50 per cent. Literacy had a profound effect on the peasant mind and community. It promotes abstract thought and enables the peasant to master new skills and technologies, Which in turn helps him to accept the concept of progress that fuels change in the modern world.”
Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

“Sveta had much less to say, but she sat with Lev and held his hand, and when I asked her what had made her fall in love with him, she replied, ‘I knew he was my future. When he was not there, I would look for him, and he would always appear by my side. That is love.’

Sveta”
Orlando Figes, Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag

“For all too many of these high-born revolutionaries, the main attraction of 'the cause' lay not so much in the satisfaction which they might derive from seeing the people's daily lives improved, as in their own romantic search for sense of 'wholeness' which might give higher meaning to their lives and to end alienation from the world.”
Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924



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