Former People The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

ISBN-10: 1250037794

ISBN-13: 9781250037794

Edition: 2013

Authors: Douglas Smith

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Epic in scope, precise in detail, and heartbreaking in its human drama,  Former People is the first book to recount the history of the aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of Stalin's Russia. It is the story of how a centuries-old elite, famous for its glittering wealth, its service to the Tsar and Empire, and its promotion of the arts and culture, was dispossessed and destroyed along with the rest of old Russia. Chronicling the fate of two great aristocratic families-the Sheremetevs and the Golitsyns-it reveals how even in the darkest depths of the terror, daily life went on. Told with sensitivity and nuance by acclaimed historian Douglas Smith, Former People is the dramatic portrait of two of Russia's most powerful aristocratic families, and a sweeping account of their homeland in violent transition.• For readers of Robert K. Massie's Catherine the Great and Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes
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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990

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Principal Figures
Family Trees
Before the Deluge
Russia, 1900
The Sheremetevs
The Golitsyns
The Last Dance
The Fall of the Romanovs
A Country of Mutinous Slaves
The Bolshevik Coup
Civil War
Expropriating the Expropriators
The Corner House
Spa Town Hell
Dr. Golitsyn
School of Life
Noble Remains
The Fox-trot Affair
Virtue in Rags
Stalin's Russia
The Great Break
The Death of Parnassus
The Mouse, the Kerosene, and the Match
Anna's Fortune
Happy Times
Poisonous Snakes and the Avenging Sword: Operation Former People
The Great Terror
War: The End
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