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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 3 edition (20 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199237670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199237678
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review from previous edition A lucid and indeed instantly classic explanation of the revolutionary spirit in its pre-1917 and Lenin-then-Stalin dominated stages. (Tribune)

A welcome new edition of this classic history, a triumph of concision and incise analysis by a scholar who knows more than almost anyone about the early years of the Soviet system. (Orlando Figes, Birkbeck College, London, and author of A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924)

A succinct, insightful, and highly original interpretation of the Russian Revolution as a process of social transformation lasting from 1917 to 1937... Fitzpatrick gives us a challenging rethinking that will shape our discussions for years to come. (Ronald Suny, University of Michigan)

A beautiful little introduction to the topic. This is a fine work for introductory students, as well as for general readers looking for a window into the Russian enigma. (Robert V. Daniels, University of Vermont)

About the Author


Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor of Modern Russian History at the University of Chicago. A past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and a co-editor of The Journal of Modern History, she is the author of many other books and articles about Russia. She lives in Chicago and Washington, DC.


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By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2003
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This is a very concise chronological accout of the Revolution of 1917. The book deals well with the context of the situation of Russia, detailing the failings and popular views of the Tsarist regime. It goes on to detail the events of 1917 and the eventual Bolshevik Revolution in October. Without getting bogged down the book introduces the various ideologies of the factions contesting power, as well as a brief introduction to the main figeures, especially Lenin. The book is good a platform from which a full study of the doctrines, ideologies and impacts of the Revolution can be made.
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Bought the book for summertime and I was very pleased by the non-scholar tone, yet the book is filled with facts and very pleasant to read. I knew many aspects of the Russian revolution but the book did reveal many internal mechanisms used by the Bolsheviks to seize and stay in power - Congratulations
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Critics of the Very Short Introduction series, have long attacked these books for 'dumbing down' serious topics. I beg to differ. Informative, tightly woven, and jam-packed with information, without losing control, this is an excellent introduction for the layman, on a pivotal era of world history.

If this brief introduction whets your appetite, then the extensive reading list proves more than adequate to satisfy your intellectual curiosity.

And they're pocket size to boot, making them handy for reading on the train or bus. With hundreds of topics to choose from, I cannot recommend these books enough.
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Not THAT short (alright, as far as the revolution goes it is, but it's still over 100 pages)

As with other books in the 'A Very Short Introduction' collection, this little piece is excellent! It's written in a very accessible way that makes it easy to follow and understand. It explains the chronology of the Russian Revolution from 1905 until post- civil war, and has all the facts there in the palm of your hand. Parts of it are almost written as a narrative which makes it easy to dip in and out of, and it is small enough to fit in any bag or briefcase for on-the-go reading! As far as a starting point for investigating the Russian Revolution, there is no better place than this book!
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I picked this up to use for an essay and I have to say it gives a good solid over view of the Russia Revolution. Now that said it does not give a heavy in depth look at every facet-I felt more could have been given over to the 1905 Revolution. If that's what your after you should also pick up Orlando Figes People's Tragedy
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THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION by Sheila Fitzpatrick is very concise and excellently written, giving a better understanding of the revolution and its purpose as well as a better outlook to the characters than other books on that era of history. I recommend this book with UNION MOUJIK, PUTIN'S RUSSIA, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF LENIN, RUSSIA'S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION to compliment this book on the Russian revolution and its aftermath until today's Russia.
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An interesting book, which introduces the subject. Could be a little more in-depth.

Super fast delivery (arrived before the suggested delivery date).

Many thanks.
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Started a module at university on the Russian Revolution, covering the years of around 1840-1930. This book was brilliant for a basic coverage of the period as it includes a good description and analysis of events. I would recommend this to anyone studying the revolution as it is a fantastic place to start. It must also be noted that this book went past the 1930 mark that my course set covering Stalin's great purges which dominated the 1930s.
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