Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale

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  • Title: Lenin on the Train
  • Author: Catherine Merridale
  • Category: Russian Revolution
  • Date: 06 Apr 2017
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: 368
  • ISBN: 141979941

 

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‘The excellent, humorous, fascinating story of Lenin’s trans-European rail journey and the way it shook the world’ Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard, Books of the Year ‘Splendid … a jewel amongst histories, taking a single episode from the penultimate 12 months of the Great War, illuminating a continent, a revolution and a sequence of psychologies in a second of cataclysm and doing it with wit, judgment and one eye on telling element’ David Aaronovitch, The Times By 1917 the European battle appeared to be infinite. Both sides in the preventing regarded to new weapons, techniques and concepts to interrupt a stalemate that was itself destroying Europe. In the German authorities a small group of males had a superb thought: why not sow additional confusion in an more and more chaotic Russia by arranging for Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the most infamous of revolutionary extremists, at the moment safely bottled up in impartial Switzerland, to go house? Catherine Merridale’s Lenin on the Train recreates Lenin’s extraordinary journey from innocent exile in Zurich, throughout a Germany falling to items from the battle’s deprivations, and northwards to the fringe of Lapland to his eventual ecstatic reception by the revolutionary crowds at Petrograd’s Finland Station. With nice ability and perception Merridale weaves the story of the practice and its uniquely unusual group of passengers with a gripping account of the now half-forgotten liberal Russian revolution and exhibits how these occasions intersected. She brilliantly makes use of an enormous vary of up to date eyewitnesses, observing Lenin as he travelled again to a rustic he had not seen for a few years. Many thought he was a mere ‘helpful fool’, others thought he would quickly be imprisoned or killed, others that Lenin had in follow few followers and even much less affect. They would all show to be fairly mistaken. present more

 

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