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A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

It is history on an epic yet human scale. Vast in scope, exhaustive in original research, written with passion, narrative skill, and human sympathy, A People's Tragedy is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a new generation. Many consider the Russian Revolution to be the most significant event of the twentieth century.

Preface

Glossary

PART ONE - RUSSIA UNDER THE OLD REGIME

I. The Dynasty

Chapter 1. The Tsar and His People

Chapter 2. The Miniaturist

Chapter 3. The Heir

II. Unstable Pillars

Chapter 1. Bureaucrats and Dressing-Gowns

Chapter 2. The Thin Veneer of Civilization

Chapter 3. Remnants of a Feudal Army

Chapter 4. Not-So-Holy Russia

Chapter 5. Prison of Peoples

III. Icons and Cockroaches

Chapter 1. A World Apart

Chapter 2. The Quest to Banish the Past

IV. Red Ink

Chapter 1. Inside the Fortress

Chapter 2. Marx Comes to Russia

PART TWO - THE CRISIS OF AUTHORITY (1891-1917)

V. First Blood

Chapter 1. Patriots and Liberators

Chapter 2. 'There is no Tsar'

Chapter 3. A Parting of Ways

VI. Last Hopes

Chapter 1. Parliaments and Peasants

Chapter 2. The Statesman

Chapter 3. The Statesman

Chapter 4. For God, Tsar and Fatherland

VII. A War on Three Fronts

Chapter 1. Metal Against Men

Chapter 2. The Mad Chauffeur

Chapter 3. From the Trenches to the Barricades

PART THREE - RUSSIA IN REVOLUTION (FEBRUARY I9I7-MARCH 1918)

VIII. Glorious February

Chapter 1. The Power of the Streets

Chapter 2. Reluctant Revolutionaries

Chapter 3. Nicholas the Last

IX. The Freest Country in the World

Chapter 1. A Distant Liberal State

Chapter 2. Expectations

Chapter 3. Lenin's Rage

Chapter 4. Gorky's Despair

X. The Agony of the Provisional Government

Chapter 1. The Illusion of a Nation

Chapter 2. A Darker Shade of Red

Chapter 3. The Man on a White Horse

Chapter 4. Hamlets of Democratic Socialism

XI. Lenin's Revolution

Chapter 1. The Art of Insurrection

Chapter 2. The Smolny Autocrats

Chapter 3. Looting the Looters

Chapter 4. Socialism in One Country

PART FOUR - THE CIVIL WAR AND THE MAKING OF THE SOVIET SYSTEM (1918-24)

XII. Last Dreams of the Old World

Chapter 1. St Petersburg on the Steppe

Chapter 2. The Ghost of the Constituent Assembly

XIII. The Revolution Goes to War

Chapter 1. Arming the Revolution

Chapter 2. 'Kulaks', Bagmen and Cigarette Lighters

Chapter 3. The Colour of Blood

XIV. The New Regime Triumphant

Chapter 1. Three Decisive Battles

Chapter 2. Comrades and Commissars

Chapter 3. A Socialist Fatherland

XV. Defeat in Victory

Chapter 1. Short-cuts to Communism

Chapter 2. Engineers of the Human Soul

Chapter 3. Bolshevism in Retreat

XVI. Deaths and Departures

Chapter 1. Orphans of the Revolution

Chapter 2. The Unconquered Country

Chapter 3. Lenin's Last Struggle

Conclusion