The Russian Revolution, Paperback Book
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The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century.

In the years following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it has become possible to step back and see the full picture.

This fully updated new edition of Sheila Fitzpatrick's classic short history of the Russian Revolution takes into account the new archival and other evidence that has come to light since then, incorporating material that was previously inaccessible not only to Western but also to Soviet historians Starting with an overview of the roots of the revolution, Fitzpatrick takes the story from 1917, through Stalin's 'revolution from above', to the great purges of the 1930s.

She tells a gripping story of a Marxist revolution that was intended to transform the world, visited enormous suffering on the Russian people, and, like the French Revolution before it, ended up by devouring its own children.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780199237678



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I am reading this book again for perhaps the third time. This time, its because I am teaching the Russian Revolution to Year 12s and I need a recap. The best thing about recapping with Fitzpatrick is that her book is a concise, yet still profoundly intelligent interpretation of the revolution. Its making me excited about the Russian Revolution all over again. A must read for students of history - I own the second edition but have had possession of a copy of this book since I was 16 - although maturity has helped me to recognise the skill with which she succinctly describes the political complexities of the time.