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Russia's second revolution : the February 1917 uprising in Petrograd
Burdzhalov, Ė. N. (Ėduard Nikolaevich), 1906-1985.
Uniform Title:
Vtorai͡a russkai͡a revoli͡ut͡sii͡a. English
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1987]

Physical Description:
xxii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Translation of: Vtorai͡a russkai͡a revoli͡ut͡sii͡a.

Includes index.
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This beautifully written, serious work is of value to all who are interested in our country's [Russia's] past." --Genrikh Ioffe, Moscow News

This is a serious and mature book on a key event... "--History

The book in question is of exceptional value to anyone who cannot read Russian and wishes to know just what happened in the first months of 1917." --Scottish Slavonic Review

... a classic of Soviet historical writing." --Problems of Communism

Capturing the drama and human side of the revolution, Burdzhalov's comprehensive and meticulously researched history of the social and political course of the February 1917 uprising in Petrograd challenged Stalinist orthodoxy in Soviet historical scholarship when it was published in Moscow in 1967, and Western historians have since characterized this as a landmark book.

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Choice Review

Burdzhalov pulls together the testimony of workers, soldiers, party activists across the political spectrum, and Imperial officials to provide a polyphonic account, rich in detail, of the fall of the monarchy and the establishment of the ``dual power'' of provisional government and Soviet. In addition, the translator has provided a useful introduction to familiarize readers with Burdzhalov's life and his position within the Soviet historical profession. For all its value, however, the work is not for beginners. For one thing, the reader is plunged immediately into the world and the language of Marxist revolution-background is needed before the work is comprehensible. Second, for all its fair-mindedness, this is the work of a committed Bolshevik historian, whose ideology colors his view of revolutionary processes, and whose politics affects his choice of incidents. Nonetheless, the work is a major addition to the English-language literature on the Revolution, and belongs in college and university libraries.-J. Zimmerman, University of Pittsburgh at Greenburg