5 New Books to read on Russian history

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles,September 2016

“ A Gentleman in Moscow” offers a chance to sink back into a lost attitude of aristocracy — equal parts urbane and humane

The book opens a few years after the Russian Revolution in a period of violent upheaval.  The rest is history…Please read.  I could not stop turning pages…



Beautiful Balts: From displaced persons to new Australians 
by Jayne Persian, 2016

170,000 Displaced Persons arrived in Australia between 1947 and 1952 – the first non-Anglo-Celtic mass migrants. Beautiful Balts tells the extraordinary story of these Displaced Persons. It traces their journey from the chaotic camps of Europe after World War II to a new life in a land of opportunity where prejudice, parochialism, and strident anti-communism were rife. Drawing from archives, oral history interviews and literature generated by the Displaced Persons themselves, Persian investigates who they really were, why Australia wanted them and what they experienced.



Caught in the Revolution- Petrograd, 1917

By Helen Rappaport

Feb 2017

With the centenary of Russia’s great convulsion soon to be on us, Helen Rappaport has produced one of what will be a wave of articles and books to mark the February and October revolutions. It is, she says, the painstaking result of 20 years of trawling through foreigners’ accounts.



A People’s Tragedy : The Russian Revolution – Centenary Edition with New Introduction

by Orlando Figes,  February 2017

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.
Read more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1039989/a-people-s-tragedy/#QK7Srl1AAE7ZrRfU.99

The Last of the Tsars- Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution

 by Robert Service,  February 2017

A few years ago Service came across some long-forgotten documents in the archives of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, California. They related to an early anti-Bolshevik inquiry into the tsar’s death and they were compelling enough to send him out in search of more. The story that he makes of them may be familiar, but he brings to it rare clarity and common sense. His book is a fast-paced account of the last 16 months of the tsar’s life; brief, sharp, but laced with well-judged feeling for the dramas of the time.



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