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The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour [Kindle Edition]

Rupert Colley
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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

In 1917 the world changed forever. One of the most influential and contentious events in recent history, the Russian Revolution unleashed the greatest political experiment ever conducted, one which continues to influence both Eastern and Western politics today.

The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour neatly covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview: from the circumstances behind the rise of Lenin and the Bolsheviks, to the consequences of their struggle for a new socialist utopia. The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour is engagingly written and accessible for all history lovers.

Know your stuff: read about the Russian Revolution in just one hour.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4673 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088NCEQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rupert Colley, a former librarian, is the founder of 'History In An Hour', a series of titles that can be read in just sixty minutes - history for busy people. Published by William Collins, part of HarperCollins, the books are available here on the Amazon Kindle. As well as the titles written by Rupert, there are a number of other authors writing for the series - all readable In An Hour, and all intelligently and engagingly written.

Rupert's first work of historical fiction, 'My Brother the Enemy', is a novella about two brothers, twins, and their rivalry and jealousies, and the girl they both love, set against the violent backdrop of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, a "good, fast, page-turning read".

His second novel, 'This Time Tomorrow: an epic story of love set in World War One', is, as the subtitle suggests, a World War 1 novel, a compelling story of war, brotherly love, passion and betrayal.

Rupert's third novel, 'The Black Maria', set during Stalin's reign, in Moscow, 1935, is now out.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overview of a vast subject 24 Sept. 2012
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History in an Hour is a series of books which each deal with a big subject in a short and punchy way to give you the grand overview before you delve into other, far more detailed, books.

As with the other books in the series, there is a quick paced overview before a section of biographies about the main people involved in the story along with a timeline of events.

The story rapidly moves across Russia and Europe as coup and counter coup, both governmental and internecine, takes effect before finally we are left with Stalin. The book starts in the 1800s with an enlightened Tsar trying to enfranchise the people before everyone misreads everyone else's intentions and events spiral downward towards WW1 and the Bolshevik take over.

It is sometimes hard to keep up with who are in exiled in which country but that only goes to illustrate the size of the subject they have condensed into such a short book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for general grounding 18 Oct. 2012
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I'm a history teacher and learnt at the last minute I'd be teaching the history of Russia which I'd never done before. This was an easy, quick read. My mind didn't drift once (which happens with some history books) and I got a good grounding in the main events of the Russian Rev. Of course it lacks the detail that a student GCSE and above would need, but for a foundation and a feel of the period it was a good starting point
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written overview 27 May 2013
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The Russian Revolution covers Russian history from the rule of Tsar Nicholas through the failed revolutions of the early 1900s to the triumphant revolution of 1917. Colley writes about the civil unrest in Russia at the time and the mismanagement of this by the Tsar, which led the way for revolutionary groups to gain a foothold. We learn how the Bolsheviks (the party of Lenin and Stalin) went from being a small, fringe group of extremists to the rulers of Russia (aided a bit by the Germans, who wanted Russian anarchy). The Russian Revolution also examines the history of Russia after 1917, how the Reds won the resultant Civil War and how Stalin used Lenin's death to maneuver himself into power, even though he was unpopular.

I was actually very impressed with The Russian Revolution. As it was so cheap, I wasn't expecting much from it, but it exceeded my expectations. I was already familiar with a lot of the history (I studied the Russian Revolution for my GCSE History, but that was years ago!) so it provided an excellent refresher. Although there just isn't the space for anything to be covered in depth, there's a good breadth of information and everything is explained clearly and concisely, something a lot of history writers can struggle with.

The Russian Revolution isn't a book to go to if you are looking for analysis or commentary on historical events. It sticks to the bare outlines of what happened and is good for providing a general overview of a topic. I finished the book eager to read more about the Russian Revolution and I'm already scanning my shelves, trying to decide which book about it I will pick up next. If, like me, you're interested in a topic but feel like you need something introductory before reading a more in depth book on it, the History in an Hour series would make a good choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Rupert Colley 15 Mar. 2014
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These history in an hour books are first class. I've read 12/13 now and enjoyed everyone. I have also gone deeper into some of the subjects raised because these books excite the imagination.

Rupert Colley has written a lot of the history subjects. He does a fine job. No fancy words that have you searching the dictionary. No convoluted sentences that don't make sense. Just straight to the point factual overview of the subject area.

And above all he makes history interesting. After this one I now understand the timeline leading up to the Russian revolution. I have a grasp of the leading figures involved. I also have a newly awakened desire to read further in this area. I just hope the further reading will be as succinct and well written as this book. ( Past experience leads me to expect otherwise).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent concise piece 13 Jun. 2014
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This is a great structured introduction to the events and people of the russian revolution. It contains a handy timeline of the most important events and snippets of little known facts throughout. Also great for anyone studying a level history!
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Very brief, but seems to set out the key historical facts of the revolution. You can make up your own mind about Lenin. Easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Russian Revolution 1 Sept. 2013
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I bought this book to better appreciate Russia's journey in the build up to WWII. This definately helped clarify the main points of the revolution and the proceeding fallout which greatly influenced the major players through the war. Its pretty short but serves as a good introduction, if like me, you have no prior knowledge of the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lenin in an hour 12 Jan. 2013
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Having studied History up to A level many moons ago; I decided to buy this as a 1st purchase on my new Kindle Fire. It's a very good & simple introduction or refresher for those wanting to read some history without buying large expensive text books. Well worth the 99p.
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