From the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters, Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport s masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold.Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd the former St Petersburg was in turmoil felt nowhere keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, offices and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows.Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites Many kept diaries and wrote letters home from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women s Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva.Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry us right up to the action to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened to an assortment of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a red madhouse....
|Title||:||Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World on the Edge|
|Publisher||:||St Martin s Press First Edition edition February 7, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||464 pages|
|File Size||:||569 KB|
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Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World on the Edge Reviews
I have enjoyed many of Helen Rappaport’s previous books, such as, “A Magnificent Obsession,” and “The Romanov Sisters,” so I was eager to read her latest work. “Caught in the Revolution,” gives us the first-hand, eye-witness, accounts of foreign nationals in Petrograd during the outbreak of the Russian Revolution.
Petrograd in early 1917 was a city resting nervously on the edge of cataclysm. Two and a half years of war, mounting food shortages, barracks filled with untrained and disaffected young soldiers fearful of being sent to the front lines, factory districts packed with workers desperate enough to see any change in their condition asan improvement, and a winter severe even by Russian standards all combined to make a rebellion against the incompetent tsarist government inevitable. When the revolt finally began in late February (early March according to the Western calendar) it took only a few days to topple Tsar Nicholas II. Then a months long period began in which a new Provisional Government set up by the Russian legislature or Duma struggled to establish liberal democracy, opposed nearly every step of the way by more radical elements intent on creating a socialist state. In late October (or early November) the Bolsheviks, who were the most radical of the radicals, were able to seize power in another brief but bloody conflict. Histories of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 have propagated freely over the last century, but most describe what happened from the points of view of the "winning" or "losing" factions. Helen Rappaport's great achievement in Caught in the Revolution is to relate what happened in Petrograd in 1917 using the eyewitness testimony of foreigners who found themselves in the unenviable position of watching history take a giant turn.