History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of the Siege of Leningrad in just one hour. In 1917 the world changed forever. One of the most influential and contentious events in recent history, the Russian Revolution unleashed the greatest political experiment ever conducted, one which continues to influence both Eastern and Western politics today. The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour neatly covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview: from the circumstances behind the rise of Lenin and the Bolsheviks, to the consequences of their struggle for a new socialist utopia. The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour is engagingly written and accessible for all history lovers. Love your history? Find out about the world with History in an Hour…. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Keeble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001070/bk_hcuk_001070_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution, and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions? This is the story of the extraordinary months between those upheavals, in February and October, of the forces and individuals who made 1917 so epochal a year, of their intrigues, negotiations, conflicts and catastrophes. From familiar names like Lenin and Trotsky to their opponents Kornilov and Kerensky; from the byzantine squabbles of urban activists to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire; from the revolutionary railroad Sublime to the ciphers and static of coup by telegram; from grand sweep to forgotten detail. Historians have debated the revolution for 100 years, its portents and possibilities: the mass of literature can be daunting. But here is a book for those new to the events, told not only in their historical import but in all their passion and drama and strangeness. Because as well as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence, Mieville reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Banks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029800/bk_adbl_029800_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction. The House of Government is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy´s War and Peace, Grossman´s Life and Fate, and Solzhenitsyn´s The Gulag Archipelago, Yuri Slezkine´s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin´s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children´s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union. Completed in 1931, The House of Government, later known as The House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range. Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building´s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some 800 of them were evicted from the house and led, one by one, to prison or their deaths. Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, The House of Government weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/010321/bk_blak_010321_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This concise, accessible introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the impact of the revolution on society as a whole--on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, youth. Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another. The book registers the primacy of politics, but situates political developments firmly in the context of massive economic, social, and cultural change. Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favor of one that sees it as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society which sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000904/bk_adbl_000904_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In The Russian Revolution, acclaimed historian Sean McMeekin traces the events that ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and introduced communism to the world. Between 1917 and 1922, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation. Taking advantage of the collapse of the Tsarist regime in the middle of World War I, the Bolsheviks staged a hostile takeover of the Russian Imperial Army, promoting mutinies and mass desertions of men in order to fulfill Lenin´s program of turning the ´´imperialist war´´ into civil war. By the time the Bolsheviks had snuffed out the last resistance five years later, over 20 million people had died, and the Russian economy had collapsed so completely that communism had to be temporarily abandoned. Still, Bolshevik rule was secure, owing to the new regime´s monopoly on force, enabled by illicit arms deals signed with capitalist neighbors such as Germany and Sweden, who sought to benefit - politically and economically - from the revolutionary chaos in Russia. Drawing on scores of previously untapped files from Russian archives and a range of other repositories in Europe, Turkey, and the United States, McMeekin delivers exciting, groundbreaking research about this turbulent era. The first comprehensive history of these momentous events in two decades, The Russian Revolution combines cutting-edge scholarship and a fast-paced narrative to shed new light on one of the most significant turning points of the 20th century. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pete Larkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003288/bk_hach_003288_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
En el año 1917, tuvo lugar en Rusia un acontecimiento tan extraordinariamente singular que por sí solo ha robado protagonismo en los libros de historia a la más espantosa tragedia experimentada hasta entonces por el continente europeo: la Primera Guerra Mundial; una guerra que aún se hallaba en todo su apogeo. El envejecido y anacrónico régimen zarista se mostró incapaz de acometer los cambios que su sociedad exigía. Las terribles condiciones en las que se encontraban agricultores y obreros, así como la falta de libertades que denunciaban los intelectuales, alimentaron durante años la rebeldía y la voluntad del pueblo ruso de levantarse contra aquéllos que le oprimían. Ahora bien, ¿cómo pudo ocurrir que la liberación de uno de los yugos más perdurables de la historia de Europa, el zarismo, acabara convirtiéndose en una de las grandes pesadillas del siglo XX? ¿Cuál fue la secuencia de acontecimientos que explica a la vez el triunfo del pueblo y su desastre? ¿Cómo llegó Rusia a ser el centro de las miradas y las esperanzas del mundo entero para luego oscurecerse y convertirse precisamente en un monumento al totalitarismo? El fenómeno conocido como Revolución Rusa es pues un proceso complejo que encierra dentro de sí movimientos, personajes y hechos que requerirán una atención muy especial; de lo contrario, seguirá siendo muy difícil afrontar esas cuestiones que han marcado y siguen marcando de un modo decisivo nuestro mundo actual. Pedro Piedras es doctor en Geografía e Historia por la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. En la actualidad compagina su labor de investigador con las de traductor y escritor. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 1. Spanish. Santiago Noriega Gil. http://samples.audible.de/bk/snlb/000203/bk_snlb_000203_sample.mp3.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a key turning point in the history of modern Europe and the world. For much of the 20th century, politics were defined by attitudes to what had taken place in Russia in 1917. To understand the Russian Revolution, then, is to understand a key building block of modern history and the contemporary world.Senior lecturer and renowned Russian researcher Dr. Jonathan Smele sheds new light on the many forces that came to bear in tsarist Russia, from the emancipation of the serfs in the mid-19th century to the climactic revolutions of the early 20th century that brought the small Bolshevik party to power. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Prof. Jonathan D. Smele. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/003382/bk_reco_003382_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Russian Revolution may be the most misunderstood and misrepresented event in modern history, its history told in a mix of legends and anecdotes. In A People´s History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths and pry fact from fiction, putting at the heart of the story the Russian people who are the true heroes of this tumultuous tale. In this fast-paced introduction, Faulkner tells the powerful narrative of how millions of people came together in a mass movement, organized democratic assemblies, mobilized for militant action, and overturned a vast regime of landlords, profiteers, and warmongers. Faulkner rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship and forcefully argues that the Russian Revolution was an explosion of democracy and creativity - and that it was crushed by bloody counterrevolution and replaced with a form of bureaucratic state-capitalism. Grounded by powerful firsthand testimony, this history marks the centenary of the revolution by restoring the democratic essence of the revolution, offering a perfect primer for the modern listener. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas Storm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/097422/bk_acx0_097422_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you want to learn about the Russian Revolution but don´t feel like reading or listening to a boring textbook, then keep reading.... The Russian Revolution was the most important and progressive political event of the 20th century. There is a lot to learn from these explosive political episodes and many remarkable stories to discover. But despite this, many people are reluctant to learn about the Russian Revolution because it can require one to go through heavy and, sometimes, overly analytical texts. But that is about to change. This new captivating history audiobook is designed to be a simple yet educational guide, so you can learn the most crucial events of the Russian Revolution while hopefully enjoying yourself. The Russian Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the February and October Revolutions and the Rise of the Soviet Union Led by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks includes topics such as: Twilight of the tsars The midnight train Dual power Return from exile The July days The abortive coup Ten days that shook the world Peace, land, and bread Defending the revolution Listen to this audiobook now to learn more about the Russian Revolution! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy Burke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/124098/bk_acx0_124098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
El triunfo de la Revolución rusa transformó al mundo y fue trascendental para la historia de la política contemporánea. Este audio libro, riguroso y ameno, nos ayudará a entender los motivos que provocaron el derrocamiento de los Románov y el triunfo de la Revolución. Fiel al estilo divulgativo y riguroso de Juan Eslava Galán, el oyente encontrará en estas páginas un relato trepidante, divertido, emocionante, lleno de intrigas, conspiraciones palaciegas, motines, atentados, creencias casi esotéricas, y enredos de todo tipo para explicar los antecedentes y los por qués de la Historia. Una obra que se oye como una novela y que cuenta con detalle las biografías de sus protagonistas. Bolcheviques y zares, lujo y miseria, para abordar las luces y las sombras de este período trascendental. Conoceremos el origen de la familia Románov; sabremos qué le pasó a Karl Marx; sufriremos con la miseria de los campesinos rusos; y aprenderemos a entender lo que significó el ´´domingo sangriento,´´ auténtica mecha de la Revolución, entre otros muchos acontecimientos. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 1. Spanish. Jorge Tejedor. http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031063/bk_adbl_031063_sample.mp3.