In The Russian Revolution, historian Sean McMeekin traces the origins and events of the Russian Revolution, which ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power, and changed the course of world history. Between 1900 and 1920, Russia underwent a complete and irreversible transformation: by the end of these two decades, a new regime was in place, the economy had collapsed, and over 20 million Russians had died during the revolution and what followed. Still, Bolshevik power remained intact due to a remarkable combination of military prowess, violent terror tactics, and the failures of their opposition. And as McMeekin shows, Russia’s revolutionaries were aided at nearly every step by countries like Germany and Sweden who sought to benefit—politically and economically—from the chaotic changes overtaking the country.
The first comprehensive history of these momentous events in a decade, The Russian Revolution combines cutting-edge scholarship and a fast-paced narrative to shed new light on a great turning point of the twentieth century.
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About the Author
Sean McMeekin is a professor of history at Bard College. He is the author of several books of history, which have won numerous awards. In 2010, he won the Norman B. Tomlinson Jr. Book Prize for The Russian Origins of the First World War and in 2011 the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize for The Berlin–Baghdad Express. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Arthur Goodzeit Book Award for The Ottoman Endgame and in 2016 the Historian’s Prize.
About the Narrators
Pete Larkin has narrated dozens of audiobook titles, won five Earphones Awards, and been a finalist in 2012 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been praised for his expert
ability to speak in multiple accents. He is also an on-camera host and accomplished voice-over artist for hundreds of commercials and promos for a variety of companies, corporations, and governmental agencies. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets and has worked as a radio jockey in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.
Ken Scholes’s short fiction
has been appearing in various magazines and anthologies for the last eight
years, including Realms of Fantasy, Polyphony 6, and Weird Tales. He is a winner of the Writers of the Future contest.
Ken’s background includes service in two branches of the military, a degree in
history, a brief stint as a clergyman, an even briefer stint as a label-gun
repairman and over ten years’ experience managing nonprofit organizations.
Originally from the Puget Sound area, Ken currently lives in Gresham, Oregon,
with his amazing wonder-wife Jen, two cats, five guitars, and more books than
you’d ever want to help him move.