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  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • The Russian Civil War
  • Evan Mawdsley
  • English
  • 14 May 2018
  • 9781933648156

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The Russian Civil War Free download Ê 6 review The Russian Civil War 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. Mawdsley s The Russian Civil War can be summed up as being neither great nor terrible It is as comprehensive as any single volume covering such an enormous conflict could be as it is somewhat akin to writing a single volume history of the First World War The Russian Civil War encompassed roughly a fifth of the world s land area and involved millions of soldiers over a period of than three years which means at 400 pages the detail is necessarily lightIt is certainly a respectable overview of the conflict for anyone looking for such an account It is not a particularly enthralling read although neither is it impossibly dry There is essentially no use of firsthand accounts from participants perhaps the fact that this is a republishing of a 1987 book is reflected in that as the use of firsthand accounts came into vogue somewhat laterMawdsley s account might also be dated in a way that is not at first obvious The preface to the 2008 edition notes that the original 1987 text described Soviet power as enduring but it would not in fact endure beyond 1991 That irony may be revealing it often seems that Mawdsley deeply admired the Bolsheviks and their creation and he was trying to keep this in check in the interests of impartiality While in 1987 it may have been possible to see Lenin as having brought into existence one of the world s two superpowers and one of the two dominant political systems worldwide the collapse of the Soviet Union renders that viewpoint obsolete The seven decades of Communist Party rule left very little enduring good and uite a lot of persistent harmIn the last pages of the book Mawdsley considers different estimates for the casualties of the Russian Revolution and Civil War He comments that Robert Conuest s estimates of casualties seem too high This is amusing because while Mawdsley had to revise his views after the collapse of the Soviet Union Conuest did not he famously suggested that the preface to a post Cold War edition of his volume of the Great Terror should be I told you so you fucking fools Mawdsley s sympathy for the Bolsheviks seems to make his judgments contradictory he tends to say that the Whites failed because they did not secure the support of the populace whereas the Reds were significantly better at this And yet Mawdsley also admits that the Reds were deeply unpopular and had enormous problems with internal dissent Richard Pipes The Russian Revolution covers these same issues that Mawdsley cannot explain in a much coherent fashion For example Pipes is able to explain that the peasants saw the breakdown of civil authority as an opportunity to redistribute the land something they did not want to relinuish hence they had no interest in a restoration by the Whites This did not however mean they supported the Reds having their grain compulsorily acuired and being given nothing in return was not an appealing program The disengagement of the average peasant who desired only to protect their patch and keep what was theirs makes the Russian Civil War comprehensible Mawdsley paints a confusing picture in which the Whites lost because the peasants did not support them while the Reds were effective in obtaining support but then in the next breath concedes that the Reds were eually unpopular The net result of is that Mawdsley s book is an acceptable and relatively accessible reference for the entire Russian Civil War but is not a particularly good source

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The Russian Civil War Free download Ê 6 review The Russian Civil War 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

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The Russian Civil War Free download Ê 6 review The Russian Civil War 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


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