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Nths before That October Revolution began the Russian Civil War which in three years would cost the largest country in the world than seven million livesIt was an apocalyptic struggle replete with famine and pestilence but out of the struggle a new social order would rise The Soviet Union Mawdsley offers a lucid superbly detailed account of. Took me a very long time to get through this Mawdsley cares about putting across his uniue perspective on the date which the civil war really began which he bluntly draws attention to every 20 pages than about deeply engaging with the many moving parts of its occurrenceHis blatant lack of impartiality shows through most bizarrely in his repeated argument that the Bolsheviks were simultaneously a terrifying indestructible military force and also a weak badly organised collection of armies made up of soldiers constantly attempting mutiny and lacking any resemblance of unity Encounters with Rauschenberg uniue perspective on the date which the civil war really began which he bluntly draws attention to every 20 pages than about deeply engaging with the many moving parts of its occurrenceHis blatant lack of impartiality shows through most bizarrely in his repeated argument that the Bolsheviks were simultaneously a terrifying indestructible military force and also a weak badly organised collection of armies made Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries up of soldiers constantly attempting mutiny and lacking any resemblance of Engendering Song unity

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The men and events that shaped twentieth century communist Russia He draws upon a wide range of sources to recount the military course of the war as well as the hardship the conflict brought to a country and its people for the victory and the reconstruction of the state under the Soviet regime came at a painfully high economic and human pric. Adeuate or less readable but far from great Lifeless even for an academic history For a subject for which geography is both unfamiliar to many readers and critical to the narrative the maps are poor too few and badly placed There s little else wrong with the book but little to recommend it it s neither devoid of sociopolitical insight nor particularly sharp no evidence of new archival work neither show evidence of nor generates particularly deep insights It s a solid linear narrative history that at least introduces the major players and events Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide upon a wide range of sources to recount the military course of the war as well as the hardship the conflict brought to a country and its people for the victory and the reconstruction of the state The White Nights of Ramadan under the Soviet regime came at a painfully high economic and human pric. Adeuate or less readable but far from great Lifeless even for an academic history For a subject for which geography is both

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In St Petersburg on October 25 1917 the A commanding chronicle of the three Bolshevik Party stormed the capital city and turbulent years that brought the ironfisted seized the power over the Russian Provisional Soviet regime to political power Government which had been operating ineffectively since the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II eight mo. I was inspired to learn about the Russian Civil War after watching The Red and the White a Hungarian film circa 1965 which is a fictionalized account of Hungarians who volunteered in the international contingent of the Red Army Apparently a large number of Hungarians volunteered to fight for the Reds hoping that a Red victory would speed a communist revolution in their own country The film was shot in black and white and all in Russian and Hungarian with subtitles though not everything was translated The point of the film was the pointlessness of the war the massive loss of life much of it innocent life and for whatSo like I say I wanted to learn and I picked up this book at the library Unfortunately I wasn t able to finish it Well okay I was ABLE to finish it but I didn t WANT to finish itThe book isn t so bad really The writing is informative and gives a reasonably smooth presentation The way the author organized the information has bothered some people but there s a method to his madness I think organizing the Russian Civil War in a way that pleases everybody is an impossible task The war wasn t such a straightforward affair a purely chronological presentation would not relate the true story of the people living and dying in that place and time So the author does his best to blend a chronological perspective with regional and political perspectives There is a lot of chronological overlap in his presentation but he effectively relates complete stories of each region and phase in the war The major personalities in the war have their stories told and not separately but weaves onto the telling of the war s various political and military campaigns This book is not and does not claim to be a biography of any sort so don t expect to find extensive personal backstories on the major or minor players The auhor tells you what you need to know about the individuals to understand the parts they played This is after all a history of the war so personal stories are ancillary The book is full of interesting details and stories And that s exactly why I decided not to read the whole thing it is FULL of interesting stuff This book is DENSE and halfway through I felt like I had my fill of the Russian Civil War I d had enough of the political machinations and backstabbing of competing philosophies and alliances I d read plenty about battles and commanders and creating effective fighting forces out of rag tag remnant leftovers from the Tsar s beaten army I d digested plenty of stories about suffering and atarving populations Basically I learned enough to satisfy my new found but not especially passionate interest in a key period of 20th century history I feel like I have a good handle on the war from the October 1917 Bolshevik revolution through the end of 1918 a year of victories and defeats for both sides I don t know much about how the war progressed through 1919 and 1920 but I figure I can always get the book from the library again when I get another hankerin to read about the pointless suffering and death that was the Russian Civil War Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide up this book at the library Unfortunately I wasn t able to finish it Well okay I was ABLE to finish it but I didn t WANT to finish itThe book isn t so bad really The writing is informative and gives a reasonably smooth presentation The way the author organized the information has bothered some people but there s a method to his madness I think organizing the Russian Civil War in a way that pleases everybody is an impossible task The war wasn t such a straightforward affair a purely chronological presentation would not relate the true story of the people living and dying in that place and time So the author does his best to blend a chronological perspective with regional and political perspectives There is a lot of chronological overlap in his presentation but he effectively relates complete stories of each region and phase in the war The major personalities in the war have their stories told and not separately but weaves onto the telling of the war s various political and military campaigns This book is not and does not claim to be a biography of any sort so don t expect to find extensive personal backstories on the major or minor players The auhor tells you what you need to know about the individuals to The White Nights of Ramadan understand the parts they played This is after all a history of the war so personal stories are ancillary The book is full of interesting details and stories And that s exactly why I decided not to read the whole thing it is FULL of interesting stuff This book is DENSE and halfway through I felt like I had my fill of the Russian Civil War I d had enough of the political machinations and backstabbing of competing philosophies and alliances I d read plenty about battles and commanders and creating effective fighting forces out of rag tag remnant leftovers from the Tsar s beaten army I d digested plenty of stories about suffering and atarving populations Basically I learned enough to satisfy my new found but not especially passionate interest in a key period of 20th century history I feel like I have a good handle on the war from the October 1917 Bolshevik revolution through the end of 1918 a year of victories and defeats for both sides I don t know much about how the war progressed through 1919 and 1920 but I figure I can always get the book from the library again when I get another hankerin to read about the pointless suffering and death that was the Russian Civil War


10 thoughts on “The Russian Civil War

  1. says:

    For anyone looking to learn about the Russian Civil War skip this piece Although it does tell about military strategy during the Civil War it doesn't offer much It seems that Mawdsley is looking to challenge other historians while dropping any pretense of impartiality generally this is ok if the author makes it clear what they're trying to do but the Russian Revolution Civil War are still fundamentally political subjects At the

  2. says:

    I was inspired to learn about the Russian Civil War after watching The Red and the White—a Hungarian film circa 1965 which is a fictionalized account of Hungarians who volunteered in the international contingent of the Red Army Apparently a large number of Hungarians volunteered to fight for the Reds hoping that a Red victory w

  3. says:

    In many ways reading this book is sort of like the opposite experience of reading about the experience of the American or Spanish or Finnish Civil Wars for example In those latter two examples the good guys won and there may have been a bit of messiness about the result and the experience of the winners but all the same however frustrating the narrative starts out everything turns out alright in the end The Russian Civil War like the Chin

  4. says:

    The blurb on the cover announces this as the best book ever written on the Russian Civil War If that is true then there is room for books on this topic for in its 403 pages not including maps notes and bibliography this work can only provide a high level overview And it is not an easy read as it is written in a very dry academic

  5. says:

    This book covers an important part of Russian history After the February revolution and the abdication if the Tsar the Bolsheviks staged the November revolution which left them in tenuous control of Russia However Bolshevik

  6. says:

    Took me a very long time to get through this Mawdsley cares about putting across his uniue perspective on the date which the civil war really began which he bluntly draws attention to every 20 pages than about deeply engaging with the many moving parts of its occurrenceHis blatant lack of impartiality shows through most bizarrely in his re

  7. says:

    Adeuate or less readable but far from great Lifeless even for an academic history For a subject for which geography is both unfamiliar to many readers and critical to the narrative the maps are poor too few and badly placed There's little else wrong with the book but little to recommend it it's neither devoid of sociopolitical insight nor par

  8. says:

    This book goes very in depth into how the events of the Russian Civil War have impacted the country's history and political parties Mawdsley analyzes the downfall of the prevailing ideologies during this period in a way that is easy to understand Every chapter is extremely detailed and perfect for those who want a deeper understanding of the outcome of the war

  9. says:

    Mawdsley's The Russian Civil War can be summed up as being neither great nor terrible It is as comprehensive as any single volume co

  10. says:

    Couldn't finish very boring

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