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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. 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 same time this work is only sparsely sourced and does not offer much in the way of detail More significantly it ignores the complexity of the Civil War simply classifying people as Reds Whites and foreign groupings This was not the reality on the ground Both sides forced people across Russia to join them and the same individual may have fought on both sides of the Civil War at different times yet we don t hear about them at all The book ends with a settling the scores by counting those who died in the war which is generally a fair topic of discussion but in this case it seems to miss the point The Russian Civil War was excruciating obviously But it s also impossible to give any sort of accurate statistics on whites and reds who died as these were not entirely discrete groupingsAnyhow there is one uote in the book that made me laugh a bit but only because in my head I imagined Josef Svejk leading the charge against the Bolshevik governmentAt first sight it might seem incomprehensible that some Czechoslovak Corps which has wound up with us in Russia through the tortuous ways of the World War should at the given moment prove to be almost the most important factor in deciding the uestions of the Russian Revolution Nevertheless that is the case Trotsky 29 July 1918

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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

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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. 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 style and has to tell the story of a very confused and confusing warIt is informative It does presume a lot of knowledge of the collapse of the Tsarist regime and the Bolshevik coup that preceded the Civil War because very little introduction is given The military events of the Civil War are described at the level of strategy and major evolutions of the front lines and the political events at a similar level of major policy changes and main personalities It provides a good framework for historical understanding but gives a very limited idea of what it must have been to experience this periodMawdsley compromises between a chronological account and one that is organized by region and often summarizes the chronology first before working out the story in detail This approach is reasonable for such a complex and geographically disjoint conflict but it sometimes obscures the causal links The extraordinarily complicated cast of characters of the Civil War doesn t make it easier Nor does the geography as this war was fought in many regions that the author chooses to describe as remote and backward and that are certainly rarely heard of by the average European or American In the preface Mawdsley praises the maps drawn by Michael Shand for this book Alas in this paperback edition the maps tucked away in an appendix are rendered very poorly Some place names are almost illegible Unless you happen to know very well where Omsk Ekaterinenburg the Kuban and the Transbaikal are you will wish for a better map Overall there seems to be a fair chance that this book will add to the knowledge of its reader but that he or she will not enjoy it


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 Civi

  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 vi

  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

  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

  5. says:

    This book covers an important part of Russian history After the February revolution and the abdication if the Tsar the Bolsheviks s

  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 repeated argument that the Bolsheviks were simultaneously a terrifying i

  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 particularly sharp no evidence of new archival work neither show evidence of nor generates particularl

  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

  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 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 l

  10. says:

    Couldn't finish very boring

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