• The Russian Revolution

  • A New History
  • By: Sean McMeekin
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 07-03-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.3 (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In The Russian Revolution, acclaimed historian Sean McMeekin traces the events that ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and introduced communism to the world.
Between 1917 and 1922, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation. Taking advantage of the collapse of the Tsarist regime in the middle of World War I, the Bolsheviks staged a hostile takeover of the Russian Imperial Army, promoting mutinies and mass desertions of men in order to fulfill Lenin's program of turning the "imperialist war" into civil war. By the time the Bolsheviks had snuffed out the last resistance five years later, over 20 million people had died, and the Russian economy had collapsed so completely that communism had to be temporarily abandoned. Still, Bolshevik rule was secure, owing to the new regime's monopoly on force, enabled by illicit arms deals signed with capitalist neighbors such as Germany and Sweden, who sought to benefit - politically and economically - from the revolutionary chaos in Russia.
Drawing on scores of previously untapped files from Russian archives and a range of other repositories in Europe, Turkey, and the United States, McMeekin delivers exciting, groundbreaking research about this turbulent era. The first comprehensive history of these momentous events in two decades, The Russian Revolution combines cutting-edge scholarship and a fast-paced narrative to shed new light on one of the most significant turning points of the 20th century.
©2017 Sean McMeekin (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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By IRP on 09-02-17

Great Book on the Russian Revolution

I am avid student of history who has particular interest in WWI and the Russian Revolution. I have never been a big fan of Sean McMeekin (I have read a few of his books in print and also listened to July 1914- available through Audible). That being said, this book was really interesting and kept my attention. The books begins with a history of Russia in the 19th Century and what life was like in the various parts of the Tsarist empire and then follows through the tumultuous years of the Revolution of 1905, World War I and the fall of the monarchy followed by a discussion of how the Bolsheviks under Lenin and Trotsky seized power and eventually won the Civil War. At the beginning of the book, McMeekin takes the listener through a tour of the various parts of the empire by casting the listener into the role of a foreign visitor coming to Russia for the first time. This was a very unique manner for describing what Russian life was like under the Tsars and added greatly to the book. The discussions of the fall of Nicholas II and the Provision Government under Kerensky are also very well depicted and McMeekin sheds light on an alternative theory as to the events that led to the February Revolution. He also does a great job describing how following the July days of 1917 Alexander Kerensky had an opportunity to fortify his rule of Russia only to be driven paranoid the the fear of a right wing putsch. This paranoia led to his turning to the Bolshevik Part for support which eventually led to downfall in October 1917. The biggest issue with the book is that there are so many different actors who played a part in the 1917 revolutions that it can sometimes be overwhelming to a listener who has no background of in this aspect of Russian history. Nevertheless I found this to be a great book and I am glad I listened to it. The narration by Pete Larkin was decent but not great and I believe it would have been better if Derek Perkins had been the narrator.

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By Anonymous User on 11-03-17

Audio version challenging with Russian names

I think I might have been better off reading this in print version. The story is compelling and very informative, but I struggled somewhat with keeping track of all the Russian characters names in the audio version.

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