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Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 – A World on the Edge

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Petrograd, we know it as St. Petersburg, was the center of Tsarist Russia and the center of the revolution that eventually gave rise to Soviet Russia. In this new book by Helen Rappaport, we explore the world of Petrograd on the eve of revolution, when the city is brimming with energy and there is something in the air. It is not, however, a view from the workers and revolutionaries; instead the view we get is from the Americans, British, and other foreigners, both diplomatic, journalistic, and military, who were living in the city at the time. Mrs. Rappaport mines the diaries, letters, newspaper stories, telegrams, and more of these expats living in Petrograd to explore how they felt the revolution, the fall of the Tsar, and the rise of the Bolsheviks.

Mrs. Rappaport does an excellent job weaving a narrative using all the sources at her disposal to show us that it was not only Russian citizens affected by this but also expats living and working in the city. This view is from a side that really did not have a stake in the outcome but that was fascinated by what was happening anyway.

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Author:
Helen Rappaport
Star Count:
5/5
Format:
Hard
Page Count:
464 pages
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publish Date:
2017-Feb-07
ISBN:
9781250056641
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Issue:
May 2017
Category:
History
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Publication Date

2017-Feb-07

Format

Hard

Publisher

St. Martin's Press

Issue

May 2017

Page Count

464 pages

ASIN

1250056640

ISBN

9781250056641

Star Count

5

Book Author

Helen Rappaport

“Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 – A World on the Edge”

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