The Last of the Tsars

The Last of the Tsars

Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution

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A detailed account of Tsar Nicholas II's last eighteenth months draws on the Tsar's diaries, recorded conversations, and official inquiry testimonies to create a portrait of a man entirely out of his depth.
"In March 1917, Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All Russia, abdicated the throne and the dynasty that had ruled an empire for three hundred years was forced from power by revolution. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of that revolution, eminent historian Robert Service examines Nicholas's life--in fresh and unprecedented detail--from the weeks before his momentous abdication to his death, with his family, in Ekaterinburg in July 1918. The story has been told many times, but Service's deep understanding of the period and his forensic examination of the Tsar's diaries and other newly discovered recorded conversations, as well as manifold testimonies of the official inquiry, shed remarkable new light on his troubled reign, and also reveals the kind of Russia that Nicholas wanted to emerge from the Great War. The Last of the Tsars is a masterful study of a man who was almost entirely out of his depth, perhaps even willfully so. It is also a compelling account of the social, economic, and political ferment in Russia that followed the February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917, and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet socialist republic."--Front jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017
Edition: First Pegasus books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781681775012
1681775018
Characteristics: xviii, 382 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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