An attempt to present a comprehensive view of the Russian Revolution, embracing not only the political and military struggle for power between 1917 and 1920, but also the whole movement towards revolutionizing state, society, economy and culture on a worldwide scale. This first volume is effectively a continuation of Professor Pipes' "Russia Unders the Old Regime"; it focuses on the gradual decay of tsarism culminating in the mutiny of the Petrograd military garrison in Feburary 1917 which brought down Russia's monarchic government and caused the country to fall apart. It also describes the Bolshevik seizure of power, first in Petrograd, then in the provinces inhabited by Great Russians, imposing on this area a one-party regime with its terror apparatus and centralized economic system. The second volume will concentrate on the aftermath of the Bolshevik coup and the Communist regime as it emerged in the final year of Lenin's dictatorship.
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"Mr. Pipes writes trenchantly, and at times superbly....No single volume known to me even begins to cater so adequately to those who want to discover what really happened to Russia."--Ronald Hingley, The New York Times Book Review
"Monumental...Lucidly written, unsurpassed in detail and comprehensiveness."--The Wall Street Journal
Mr. Pipes writes trenchantly, and at times superbly....No single volume known to me even begins to cater so adequately to those who want to discover what really happened to Russia....Nor do I know any other book better designed to help Soviet citizens to struggle out of the darkness."
-- Ronald Hingley, The New York Times Book Review
Ground-breaking in its inclusiveness, enthralling in its narrative of a movement whose purpose, in the words of Leon Trotsky, was "to overthrow the world," The Russian Revolution draws conclusions that have already aroused great controversy in this country-and that are certain to be explosive when the book is published in the Soviet Union. Richard Pipes argues convincingly that the Russian Revolution was an intellectual, rather than a class, uprising; that it was steeped in terror from its very outset; and that it was not a revolution at all but a coup d'etat -- "the capture of governmental power by a small minority."
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110002720868