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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, catchy and informative, 13 April 2009
This review is from: The Russian Revolution (Paperback)
Sheila Fitzpatrick is a well-known academic in the field of modern Russian history. She presents the reader with a good introduction to the turbulent years immediately preceding and following the February and October revolutions. The basic facts are given in a clear, informative and catchy fashion. The model Fitzpatrick follows in her treatment of the Russian revolutinary years is Crane Brinton's, according to whom revolutions have a life cycle passing through phases of increasing fervour till they reach the climax, which is in turn followed by a "Thermidorian" phase of restoration of order.
You may not necessarily agree with such a view (I don't, by the way) but this choice allows Fitzpatrick to organize her work along clearly defined lines that make the events readily understandable in their context by the reader. The Bolsheviks' success in derailing and monopolizing an otherwise popular and widely shared revolutionary effort becomes dramatically clear.
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