• The Modern Scholar

  • The Russian Revolution: From Tsarism to Bolshevism
  • By: Jonathan D. Smele
  • Narrated by: Jonathan D. Smele
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-24-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 3.7 (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a key turning point in the history of modern Europe and the world. For much of the 20th century, politics were defined by attitudes to what had taken place in Russia in 1917. To understand the Russian Revolution, then, is to understand a key building block of modern history and the contemporary world.Senior lecturer and renowned Russian researcher Dr. Jonathan Smele sheds new light on the many forces that came to bear in tsarist Russia, from the emancipation of the serfs in the mid-19th century to the climactic revolutions of the early 20th century that brought the small Bolshevik party to power.
©2009 Jonathan D. Smele; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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By Matthew on 11-22-09


I though the book was well written. A lot of thought went into it. I came a way with a great appreciation to the Russian history of the revolution and the underlining events that set things off. I great book that I would recomend to anyone who wants a in depth well written history book on Russia

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

By John on 01-30-13

Important story badly recorded

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's accent and manner of speaking is difficult to understand, and this is made worse by a poorly produced recording. If you want this book you'll have to read it in book form---the audio recording will drive you nuts.

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By Christopher on 12-23-12

detailed, stimulating and well delivered

I enjoyed both the content and the delivery of these lectures. The lectures have obviously been scrupulously prepared. They give detailed background information on Russian history, essential for understanding the causes of the revolution, before moving on to a detailed description of the revolution itself. They also continue past the revolution to consider the consolidation of power by the Bolsheviks. The delivery is excellent: Dr Smele speaks in a restful manner, so that one has time to absorb the information, but is never boring.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

By jeremy on 07-09-13

A very listenable and informative intro

Good content (especially when supplemented with the free PDF material- instructions in audio). And a well presented and enjoyable listen.

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