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Title:
The "Russian" civil wars, 1916-1926 : ten years that shook the world
Author:
Smele, Jon, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Physical Description:
xxiv, 423 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Summary:
"This volume offers a comprehensive and original analysis and reconceptualisation of the compendium of struggles that wracked the collapsing Tsarist empire and the emergent USSR, profoundly affecting the history of the twentieth century. The reverberations of those decade-long wars echo to the present day--not despite, but because of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which re-opened many old wounds, from the Baltic to the Caucasus. Contemporary memorialising and 'de-memorialising' of these wars, therefore form part of the book's focus, but at its heart lie the struggles between various Russian political and military forces which sought to inherit and preserve, or even expand, the territory of the tsars, overlain with examinations of the attempts of many non-Russian national and religious groups to divide the former empire. The reasons why some of the latter were successful (Poland and Finland, for example), while others (Ukraine, Georgia and the Muslim Basmachi) were not, are as much the author's concern as are explanations as to why the chief victors of the 'Russian' Civil Wars were the Bolsheviks. Tellingly, the work begins and ends with battles in Central Asia--a theatre of the 'Russian' Civil Wars that was closer to Mumbai than it was to Moscow"--Publisher description.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: a world war condensed -- 1916-18: the beginnings of the "Russian" civil wars -- 1918-19: the triumphal march of reaction -- 1919-20: white thrusts, red ripostes -- 1920-21: battles in the Marchlands -- 1917-21: on the internal fronts -- 1921-26: the ends of the "Russian" civil wars -- Conclusion: red victories, red defeats.
ISBN:
9780190861148
Format :
Book

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