A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution – centenary edition with new introduction (Paperback)
  • A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution – centenary edition with new introduction (Paperback)

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution – centenary edition with new introduction (Paperback)

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Despite Putin’s efforts to reclaim the positive achievements of the country’s soviet past, there is no historical narrative of the October Revolution around which the nation can unite: some see it as a national catastrophe, others as the start of a great civilization, but the country as a whole remains unable to come to terms with its violent and contradictory legacies.

A landmark historical analysis of a crucial moment in history, A People’s Tragedy is now available in this centenary edition with additional material including a new introduction by the author.

Unrivalled in scope and brimming with human drama, A People's Tragedy is the most vivid, moving and comprehensive history of the Russian Revolution available today.

Opening with a panorama of Russian society, from the cloistered world of the Tsar to the brutal life of the peasants, A People's Tragedy follows workers, soldiers, intellectuals and villagers as their world is consumed by revolution and then degenerates into violence and dictatorship.

Drawing on vast original research, Figes conveys above all the shocking experience of the revolution for those who lived it, while providing the clearest and most cogent account of how and why it unfolded.

Illustrated with over 100 photographs and now including a new introduction that reflects on the revolution's centennial legacy, A People's Tragedy is a masterful and definitive record of one of the most important events in modern history.

‘A modern masterpiece’ - Andrew Marr

 ‘The most moving account of the Russian Revolution since Doctor Zhivago’ – Independent

Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London Orlando Figes is preeminent in the field of Russian history. An award-winning author, his publications include: Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia,Crimea: The Last Crusade, Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and War in the Gulag and Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781847924513
Number of pages: 960
Weight: 1526 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 55 mm


A modern masterpiece - Andrew Marr

Combines dramatic power, absorbing narrative and magisterial scholarship – a magnificent tour de force - Christopher Andrew, Sunday Telegraph

The most moving account of the Russian Revolution since Doctor Zhivago - Lucasta Miller, Independent

This book is not just a history; it is an item of history - Neal Ascherson, Independent on Sunday

A People’s Tragedy will do more to help us understand the Russian Revolution than any other book I know - Eric Hobsbawm, London Review of Books

Orlando Figes’s chronicle of the final days of Tsarism and the violent Bolshevism that arose from its ruins is an epic in size, scope and insight, and a classic in its genre… A People’s Tragedy succeeds most in capturing the sheer popular immensity of the upheavals in 1917-18, with all of Russia rising up first against the Tsar and then, with the onset of civil war, against itself. With its perfect balance of analysis and anecdote, A People’s Tragedy is surely among the most readable books on the Russian Revolution and the decades of tumult that made it possible – or inevitable - Brad Davies, Independent

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“A People's Tragedy”

The Russian Revolution is in itself a fascinating subject, but Figes' book retells it with such scholarly depth and originality, using numerous testimonies by countless Russian voices; remaining faithful to the... More

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“Superb classic account of the Russian Revolution”

Re-issued to coincide with the centenary of the 1917 revolutions, Orlando Figes masterpiece remains a riveting account of all its aspects, from its initial rumblings in 1905, through the vain attempts to establish a... More

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This is still the most in-depth and entertaining account of the Russian Revolution despite having been originally published more than fifteen years ago. Orlando Figes has perfectly captured the emotion and scope of... More

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