The Russian Revolution: A New History by Sean McMeekin

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In The Russian Revolution, historian Sean McMeekin traces the origins and events of the Russian Revolution, which ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and changed the course of world history. Between 1900 and 1920, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation: by the end of these two decades, a new regime was in place, the economy had collapsed, and over 20 million Russians had died during the revolution and what followed. Still, Bolshevik power remained intact due to a remarkable combination of military prowess, violent terror tactics, and the failures of their opposition. And as McMeekin shows, Russia's revolutionaries were aided at nearly every step by countries like Germany and Sweden who sought to benefit—politically and economically—from the chaotic changes overtaking the country.

The first comprehensive history of these momentous events in a decade, The Russian Revolution combines cutting-edge scholarship and a fast-paced narrative to shed new light on a great turning point of the twentieth century.

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ISBN : 0465039901
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 496 pages


Liviu rated it ★★★★★

June 15, 2017

shorter than I expected (there are 150 pages of notes, references etc) but captivating like a page turner novel; the main thrust (argued well) is how preparing for 1917, Russia was actually very well positioned to defeat the Central powers who were the ones on the verge of meltdown, but a weak Ts...

Mark rated it ★★★★☆

October 03, 2017

The author, Bard College professor Sean McMeekin, is certainly an authority on the Russian Revolution surrounding World War I. I was not able to fully absorb the abundance of facts and material, which I found overwhelming and a bit dry at times, but I did comprehend an overview. The revolution ha...

Marks54 rated it ★★★★☆

August 22, 2017

Sean McMeekin is a wonderful historian. His recent books on the run up to WW1 and the end of the Ottoman Empire are really well done. In his most recent book, he presents a "new history" of the Russian Revolution to take advantage of the opening up of state archives following 1990. His intent is...

Jan rated it ★★★★☆

January 13, 2018

* * * * - I really liked this account of the Russian Revolution. This book by Sean McMeekin is the first one on the topic of the Russian Revolution which I have read. I have previously read more than the average non-Russian person about Russian history, but I am in no way an expert on the subject....

Jimmit rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 24, 2017

Although I am not an expert on the subject, I don't think the book portrays Lenin's role objectively. It does provide a good summary of events that led to and followed the October revolution but seems to have been written with an agenda in mind. Does not seem to be a reliable source of informatio...

Barry rated it ★★★☆☆

August 22, 2017

A little dry, but very informative. The author does not try to minimize or justify the atrocities committed during this bloody revolution. From the epilogue: "If the last hundred years teaches us anything, it is that we should stiffen our defenses and resist armed prophets promising social perfect...

Barry rated it ★★★☆☆

July 22, 2017

I can not recommend this book to the general reader. I seems that McMeekin has decided to go against the prevailing views about the Russian Revolution and conjure up his own interpretation of the events and their significance. His major theme is that the Bolsheviks won the revolution because they...

James rated it ★★★☆☆

December 20, 2017

Sean McMeekin's book is interesting and readable - sometimes grippingly so. His fresh perspective on the Revolution stabs at the myths and legends of a seminal moment in modern history, and his take on the military situation for Russia in 1917 is extremely well-written. For the most part, his chr...

Taylor Burrows rated it ★★★★★

November 29, 2017

I ended up liking this book on the Russian Revolution more than I thought I would. In terms of writing style, I feel like one of the strengths of the book is what other readers might have felt was a flaw. This was, in particular, Sean McMeekin's occasional comment on his personal opinion on any g...

Jeff rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 26, 2017

Always interested in Russian history it seems that the period of the last thirty years of the tsars is the single hardest area to find a strong narrative of. The period is rife with history but the fact that there were so many different figures and groups that were involved makes it not a linear...

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