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A Short History of the Russian Revolution

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In 1917 revolutionary fervour swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and instigating political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. Arising out of proletariat discontent with the Tsarist autocracy and Lenin's proclaimed version of a Marxist ideology, the revolutionary period saw a complete overhaul of Russian politics ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 30th 2017 by I.B. Tauris
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Always Pouting
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A nonfiction book looking at Russia's progression from a monarchy with a parliament to a communist state, one that deteriorated to a dictatorship rather than holding true to the socialist ideals. It explores the Russian citizen's desire for reformation versus revolution and goes into why the state ends up not being able to adhere to the more democratic ideals of communism. I think the book was okay but it tended to be a little dry and hard to keep up with. There were tons of names mentioned at ...more
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May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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I wanted to start off by saying that I received an ebook copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

A Short History of the Russian Revolution discusses the Russian Revolution that ended the Tsarist monarchy and ushers in the communist regime in Russia during 1917. Now I will 30897399say that someone can easily write a 1000 page book on this topic so when I requested this I knew that some things would be missing. When I did finally get to reading it I laughed a bit when the
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Mandy
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Exactly what it says it is – a short history of the Russian Revolution. In my opinion Swain has done a good job in summarising some very complex events in relatively few pages, and although it’s a fairly dry account, if an introduction is what you need then this is a comprehensive and accessible book that will fit the bill.
Karen Lee-Johnston
This was a random read for me- having no particular interest in the topic! It's very readable and I found it very informative! In fact this book has made want to read more about it! A really interesting and informative read!
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In this volume in the I.B. Tauris Short Histories series the reader gets, in the space of 232 pages, or just over 200 if you exclude footnotes, bibliography and index, not only a punchy summary of Swain’s long research in the field but a distillation of scholarly debate on the Russian Revolution.

The argument is lucid and up front, with Swain stating his twin theses in his introduction, namely, that “as Soviet scholars once argued … the October Revolution represented the culmination of those
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Geoffrey Swain is the Alec Nove Chair in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow.