Former People

Former People

The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

Book - 2012
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Examines the fate of two Russian aristocratic families in a detailed account of the Bolshevik Revolution's effect on the upper class, discussing the relentless lootings, harrowing escapes, humbling exile and imprisonment, and summary executions that tookplace during this violent time of transition
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780374157616
0374157618
Branch Call Number: 305.52 Smith 2012
Characteristics: xvii, 464 pages : ills., maps, portraits, genealogical tables ; 24 cm

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trotter73
Apr 14, 2017

Very interesting book on how the Russian Aristocracy was wiped out by the the Soviets. It tells how life was before the Russian revolution and the factors such as inequality over hundreds of years (the peasants were slave labour), that lead to the peasants built up anger towards the aristocracy that the communists then used to their advantage to rile up the peasants to join their cause. Of course, when it was all over, the Soviets took all the wealth and land for themselves, but claimed the possessions belonged to the state and they were just borrowing them, har har. The Soviets became the aristocracy, but with a brutal tyranny of epic proportions.
There's a lot of personal stories from family members of the aristocracy and they are terrifying to read if you picture what it would be like to go through such things, from being kicked out of your home and losing all your possessions, to family members being sent to concentration camps and doing slave labour or killed, or shunned and not allowed to work to make a living based on your previous social class.

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gloryb
Jan 11, 2014

Easy to read, photos add interest, family trees and place names on map help to follow two family histories. Well researched with bibliography, notes showing sources of facts, quotes, and information. Amazing stories of how wealthy Russian people became nonentities during the Russian Revolution as they were stripped of their wealth: land and estates seized so they were cut off from their source of income, bank accounts cleared out by Bolsheviks, robbed of personal treasures, forced out of their homes, jailed, hounded and killed by secret police.

145e Feb 11, 2013

Absolutely fascinating. A must read for anyone with the slightest intrest in history; Russian or otherwise.

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