SEVEN MYTHS OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
Jonathan Daly and Leonid Trofimov
Jonathan Daly is Professor of History, University of Illinois Chicago, focusing on Western Civilization’s shaping of the modern world and the unequal struggle between the Russian state and society. His research focuses on the late Imperial Russian political police, the birth of the modern world, the Soviet collectivization drive, the Russian Revolution, and Russian criminal justice. Leonid Trofimov is Senior Lecturer in History, Bentley University. They are co-authors and co-editors of Russia...
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A major contribution to our understanding of the Russian Revolution, from World War I to consolidation of the Bolshevik regime, this book is a fascinating analysis of the facts in the Russian revolution, which uncovers the origins of the myth, and trace its later perseverance (even in contemporary Russia).
"This fascinating volume is a major contribution to our understanding of the Russian Revolution, from World War I to consolidation of the Bolshevik regime. The seven myths include the exaggeration of Rasputin’s influence; a purported conspiracy behind the February Revolution; the treasonous Bolshevik dependence on German support; the multiple Anastasia pretenders to the royal inheritance; the antisemitic claims about “Judeo-Bolsheviks”; distortions about America’s intervention in the civil war; and the “inevitability” of Bolshevism. In each case the authors analyze the facts, uncover the origins of the myth, and trace its later perseverance (even in contemporary Russia). To assist readers, the volume includes three reference guides (people, terms, dates), nine maps, and twenty-nine illustr...