The Russian Revolution, 1917 By Rex A. Wade (George Mason University, Virginia)
The Russian Revolution, 1917
by Rex A. Wade
Rex Wade presents a new history of the Russian Revolution, recasting the political history and providing a social history that incorporates women and minority peoples. Narrating with pace, verve and exceptional clarity, Rex enables a richer and more complete history to emerge. The chronology, maps and illustrations give further support.
Rex Wade here presents a new history of one of the pivotal events of modern history, combining his own long study of the revolution with the best of contemporary scholarship. Within an overall narrative that seeks to provide a clear account of the revolution, several new approaches are introduced: the political history of the revolution is recast and the complexity of the October Revolution is stressed. Wade clears away many of the myths and misconceptions that have clouded studies of the period. At the same time he gives due space to the social history of the revolution and incorporates people and places all too often left out of the story, including women, national minority peoples, and peasantry front soldiers, enabling a richer and more complete history to emerge. The story is narrated with pace, verve, and exceptional clarity; the chronology, maps and illustrations give further support to the reader.
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'Rex Wade's succinct book is reliable and judicious ... it is exemplary in its clear exposition of the latest historical literature.' BBC History Magazine 'This work is, without a doubt, the best single-volume treatment of the 1917 revolution ever published in English ... a remarkably readable synthesis of exceptionally diverse recent scholarship ... Rex Wade has done the field a great service with the publication of The Russian Revolution, 1917, which is bound to become a standard choice of syllabi in Russian history of the revolutionary period.' Slavonic Review 'Read Wade, Rex Wade, his The Russian Revolution, 1917 ends logically with the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in January 1918; it combines traditional history from above with more recent history from below; it has no ideological preconceptions; it is new, admirably brief, and it is good.' Revolutionary Russia '... students and the interested general public will choose Wade's book not only for his 'rethinking our narrative and interpretation of several major features of the revolution' but also for the enjoyment of engaging with a good history of one of the seminal events of the last century that is well told.' Eras Journal 'Wade has written a very reliable largely political account produced to a very high standard of accuracy of information and absence of factual and typographical error.' Europe-Asia Studies 'Rex Wade has written an excellent short history of the Russian Revolution.' Russian Review 'This magisterial account offers an analytically sharp and comprehensive narrative of the 1917 revolution that synthesizes the tremendous wealth of scholarship of the last thirty years.' Russian History "This work is, without a doubt, the best single-volume treatment of the 1917 revolution ever published in English." Slavic Review "As the author of numerous books and articles dealing with the Russian Revolution, Wade...is well qualified to undertake the survey...In many respects, the book compares with Edward Acton's Rethinking the Russian Revolution (1990) but, overall, it presents a broader and more complete view. It would be a useful addition to any college library and an excellent text in upper-division courses." History: Reviews of New Books "A convenient and reliable guide to the Revolution for the student and the informed reader." Choice
Table of Contents
1. The coming of the Revolution; 2. The February Revolution; 3. Political realignment and the new political system; 4. The aspirations of Russian society; 5. The peasants and the purposes of revolution; 6. The nationalities: identity and opportunity; 7. The summer of discontents; 8. 'All power to the Soviets'; 9. The Bolsheviks take power; 10. The Constituent Assembly and the purposes of power; 11. Conclusions.
The Russian Revolution, 1917 by Rex A. Wade
Rex A. Wade
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