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Ull circle and a new autocracy ad been imposed on Russia which in many ways resembled the old oneThe thousand pages of Figes s We Own the City history give plenty of scope for examining in detail what this meant for Russian citizens It isn t pretty but it is instructive There was the Civil War with widespread terror on both sides famine exacerbated by shitty agricultural policy and eventually the tightening grip of a one party state There are moments of acute revulsion and misery alongside a recurring sense of absurdity at one point currency depreciation becomes so severe that it costs to print the rouble than the rouble is actually worth the post and telegraph serviceave to be made free because the state is losing money by printing and charging rouble notes for them The situation was surreal but then this was Russia Figes remarks showing a grasp of the irony which this story demandsWhole books Families as They Really Are have been written of course about the failure of the left outside Russia to accept the reality of what wasappening there under Communism or to blame it on a perversion of noble principles What s so rewarding and upsetting and moving about this book is that it illustrates Murder at the Diogenes Club (Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries, how naturally the conseuences followed from the initial conditions andow unimportant the political debate is compared with its effects on real people There as the title of the book suggests Figes s summary is bluntInstead of being a constructive cultural force the revolution Surya Namaskara had virtually destroyed the whole of Russian civilisation instead ofuman liberation it THANJAVUR had merely broughtuman enslavement and instead of the spiritual improvement of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century humanity itad led to degradationWhat makes it worse is that this whole catalogue of misery is in some sense being positioned only as a prelude Looming up over the narrative is the lengthening shadow of the Georgian Ioseb Jughashvili alias Stalin and where this book ends is story is just beginningAlthough this was written twenty years ago in some ways it s become relevant than ever and not just because next year marks the revolution s centenary In an impassioned final chapter Figes calls for urgent reevaluation of the political capitalism of the West pointing out that extremist rhetoric of the sort that fuelled the Bolshevik party is periodically going to prove popular as long as the mass of the ordinary people remain alienated from the political system and feel themselves excluded from the benefits of the emergent capitalism Perhaps even worrying e adds authoritarian nationalism Rabbit Hole (The Paradox Series, has begun to fill the void Is this sounding familiar to anybody A people s tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 Orlando FigesA People s Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 is an award winning book written by Britishistorian Orlando Figes and published in 1996 According to Figes the whole of 1917 could be seen as a political battle between those who saw the revolution as a means of bringing the war to an end and those who saw the war as a means of bringing the revolution to an end 2011 First Figes briskly deals with all those things you thought you knew about the Russian Revolution Lenin Stalin Trotsky Kerensky the liberals the Bolsheviks the Tsar Again and again I realized I Painted Doll (Only In Tokyo Mystery, had picked up myths either promoted by those who lost or those who consolidated the Revolution The mythmaking machine was going full tilt from 1917 onwards particularly during the Stalinist and Cold War Years and this book would be irreplaceable if only for stripping away so much that you thought you knew which was wrongSecond by starting the book in 1891 with a famine which revealed the incompetence of the Tsarist beaurocracy and ending with the death of Lenin in 1924 Figes permitsimself a sweep of events that makes what actually Ewiger Saatz happened even dramatic than it was Again and again you not only read about butear from the survivors of mistakes errors misconceptions indolence arrogance foolishness well meaning idiocy in a way that as a Restricted human being is thaneartbreaking Again and again the Revolution might never Bạn Gái haveappened a democracy might Deep Magic have developed steps taken couldave been taken back but they weren t Instead one of the great mass tragedies of Her Secret Fantasy (Spice Trilogy history occurred and you feel like aelpless bystander watching it Glennas Seeds happenThis is remarkableistory and it is an extraordinary achievement It is bound to upset those with fixed ideologies on both the left and the right If you ever read only one book on the Russian Revolution make it this oneThe Communists are given eavy treatment in this text Not only do we see ow they came to power we get The breaking of the circle huge doses of their philosophy Figes gives a detailed examination of the intellectual currents that gave rise to the Communist movement as well as their actions once they attained power What emerges is a bleak picture Communism is death to all it touches The Bolsheviks sought to not only rule by dictatorship but to change the very essence of man into an automaton subservient to the state Figes shows the reader the Red Terror and some of the other methods the Bolsheviks used to try and bring about this subservience It is aorrifying picture made worse of course under the rule of StalinFiges maintains a fairly neutral perspective throughout the book an apologist to neither the Tsar nor the Communists though Driven by Destiny (The Protector, harboring a noticeable preference and remorse for the incompetent Provisional Government Whene does show some bias Kingston City Directory he is never overbearing and the few opinions thate expresses do not detract in any way from the materialThe Tsar is portrayed as an incompetent and stubborn fool which I Dads Pregnant Too have come away thinking is a fair assessment Figes gives ample evidence foris conclusions describing the failure of Nicholas to effectively rule over an inefficient and contradictory governmentI found the treatment of the Bolsheviks to be relatively sympathetic and the book does not suffer because of it They are depicted as a ruthless and especially fortunate revolutionary faction a group ready to use any means necessary to obtain power but in the end given a gift with the success of their unlikely coup Some readers may find this insufficiently damning but while I would Runaway Pumpkins have liked a little aboutow the nature of the revolution affected later developments the abominable governance which followed is not Figes s topic In this work Figes makes two arguments that are not fully apparent until the conclusion First the Russian people were not betrayed by the Revolution Instead the devolution of the Revolution was in Figes s view the result of the inability of the Russian people to come to terms with democratic institutions He finds that the period between 1905 1914 represented Russia s liberal democratic revolution but it did not produce the reforms necessary to instill confidence in the Russian people Indeed the Bolsheviks were a veritable product of the Russian messianic tradition Second it was not the leaders of the Revolution who were necessarily at fault Figes admits that Lenin Trotsky Stalin Kerensky and numerous others arrived in 1917 with truly Les Miserables (Les Misrables) high minded noble goals Instead Figes argues that the goals of revolutionary leaders were outright unattainable and were doomed to failPerhaps Figes is right but I disagree withim on both accounts To me the first argument reeks of Western chauvinism with the implication that we Westerners could properly democratize due to our democratic Dancing with Words heritage ignoring Germany s failures with democracy before 1945 and utter success after the development of fascism and authoritarianism in Spain and Italy France s difficult relationship with liberal democracy etc Onis second point no pathway was a fait accompli for the Revolution Instead there were numerous decisions made some of which would Pooperella (Farty Tales Book 1) have led to greater democratization some to authoritarianism than we saw even in the Stalinist period Perhaps the ideals of the Revolution were too great to be implemented in reality but Revolutionaries couldave adopted policies that brought the Russian state closer to their ideals without abandoning them outright I think that the Russian Revolution was necessary and that it was not innately bad but I think Figes downplays the decisions that were made in In Defense of a Liberal Education his conclusion The last paragraph of the bookowever seems almost prophetic being written even before Putin took powerPerhaps even worrying authoritarian nationalism Gender Is Fair Game has begun to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of Communism and in a wayas reinvented it not just in the sense that today s nationalists are for the most part reformed Communists but also in the sense that their violent rhetoric with its calls for discipline and order its angry condemnation of the ineualities produced by the growth of capitalism and its xenophobic reject of the West is itself adapted from the Bolshevik tradition The ghosts of 1917 Wybór wierszy have not been laid to restToday as we are well aware nationalism is the guiding ideology of the modern Russian state and it is rather authoritarian This fits further in Figes s view that Russiansave not learned to be good liberals but I think it says about global patterns than something specifically Russian Although former Soviet states 11 Before 12 held the vanguard of resurgent nationalism it is now a global phenomenon ranging from Poland s Law and Justice to Turkey s AKP and India s BJP Even the American GOP and British Conservative Partyave in many ways turned to authoritarian nationalism Yet there is nothing inevitable about this turn I find it uneuivocally bad but it is as we should be well aware not intrinsic to the Russian people Orlando Figes masterful A People s Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 provides a rich and complex portrait that of Russian society at the time of the fall of the Romanov dynasty and the birth of the Communist state One does not read it for Figes opinions but rather for the amount of detail that POISONS D'AVRIL he is able to marshall and synthesize on the key social cultural and political trends of the revolutionary era The book is a great pleasure for anyone fascinated by the culture andistory of Russia Even those who disagree with Figes conclusions will agree that e as taught them a great deal about the eraIn terms of primary research Figes specialty is Russian peasant society Not surprisingly then the greatest strength of the book is the analysis of the role of the peasantry during the revolutionary era Figes argues that very effectively that the overriding goal of the leaders of the peasant communes times was to acuire ownership of the land LAbyssin held by the nobility When the Tsar s regime fell the peasant communes spontaneously seized the noble lands Subseuently they supported the Communists who promised them that they could keep the land against the Whites who said that they would restore it to the nobles Once the Whitesad been expelled from Russia the Communists proceeded to collectivized the land by taking advantage of a generational cleavage in the countryside The Communists recruited young peasants who Promise of Power had moved to the city to work in factories to act as bureaucrats in the agricultural communities and lead the fight against the oder communal leaders d In this way the Communists used one generation of peasant leaders to fight the Whites and a second generation of peasants to imposed collectivizationRelying on the writings of otheristorians Figes makes the additonal points1 Tsar Nicholas was the author of Ever Dark his own downfall He packedis government and Christian Faith 101 his army with individuals who were loyal tois autocracy but totally lacking in ability Conseuently the Russian war effort was bungled in every aspect which brought down the Tsar s regime 2 It was also the Tsar s fault that liberal democracy failed in Russia For the previous 20 years Nicholas ad resisted every effort to create a constitutional monarchy in Russia which prevented the development of a strong class of liberal democratic politicians Thus when the Romanov dynastry fell in February 1917 the provisional government lasted less than a year before a second revolution brought the Bolcheviks to power3 The Bolcheviks came to power not because they ad the greatest support amongst the working class but because of Lenin s energy and uncommon sense of timing In Figes view Lenin stole the revolution from the Soviets4 The notion that Stalin was the one who established terror and totalitarianism in communist Russia is a revisionist myth fabricated by Left wing Babys Bathtime historians It was in fact Lenin in fact that who established the practices and institutions of the communist dictatorship Orlando Figes A People s Tragedy is a very dense book but one that is richly rewarding It will give a great deal of pleasure to anyone whoas the energy reuired to read it through to the end. Unt of She Left Me the Gun how and why it unfolded Now including a new introduction that reflects on the revolution's centennial legacy A People's Tragedy is a masterful and definitive record of one of the most important events in modernistor.
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If you thought the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones was brutal Orlando Figes wants to educate you You don t pick up a book like A People s Tragedy with the notion that it s going to be filled with newborn puppies ice cream giveaways and people finding rolled up and forgotten twenty dollar bills in their pockets If you do Alorns Treasure (Griffin Pirate Stories Series 2 Book 20) have that notion well you should really reread the title Even so the collection of misery in Figes massiveistory of the Russian Revolution is pretty overwhelming This is 824 pages of small font despair as the Russian people move from ruthless and ordered autocracy to ruthless and unordered Revolution before finally settling on a ruthless Soviet government as dictatorial and arbitrary as anything seen under the Tsars Contained between these two covers are all the things my wife tells me are not appropriate small talk for dinner parties War war as waged by fools the attendant slaughter of war as waged by fools revolution the attendan Recent memory modern memory and then Its Just Been Glorious history We are all living in recent memory The oldest generation is the eye witness to modern memory When it passes on we will begin to receive theistory from the events and people of that generation without the influence of contemporary bias or dialecticsIt Cell has been almost aundred years since the Russian Revolution and Civil War It is still too early for its pure istory but reliable narratives unbound by predictable dialectics are finally beginning to emergeOrlando Figes version is not perfect but it is one of best summaries available to get the average reader up to a moderate speed on a very complex subject After presenting an unsparing portrayal of the various layers of Russian society from 1891 up until Bloody Sunday 1905 Figes Revolution of 1914 becomes but the inevitable bloody result What comes as a surprise to the reader is the deep depravity of the Russian soul It is black evil and violent regardless of class or party affiliation Sparing neither women nor children it wantonly murders tortures rapes pillages and executes without a drop of conscienceThis pitch black evil infected the souls of peasants and workers as well as generals nobels police and party apparatchiks It consumed the Tsar and Tsarina as well as Lenin Totsky and StalinIn the midst of these psychopaths Figes follows a small andful of spectators such as Maxim Gorky and General Brusilov the only WWI tsarist Fusiliers hero who eventually supported the Reds because they were the peoples choice Those two somehow manage to maintain their balance decency objectivity andumanity while witnessing this terror unfold When Comrade Stalin s emissary Mercado paid a visit to Leon Trotsky at The American Nurse his Mexico Cityome to plunge an ice pick into Dangerous Desire his skull one can onlyope the Angel of Karma was singing a The Little Book of Puns hymn in the exiled revolutionary s ear with Leon s very own words from the Revolution We must put an end once and for all to the papist uaker babble about the sanctity ofuman life During the Revolution and Civil War Trotsky Lenin and Stalin did the very best that they could to abide by that dictum millions literally of eartless times with their cold blooded signaturesThe Revolution and Civil War replaced a totalitarian monarchy with a totalitarian police state run by bureaucrats The classes that were terrorized oppressed and executed before are terrorized oppressed and executed once again on an even larger scale As one revolutionary bemoaned afterwards Lenin and the Bolsheviks did not establish a dictatorship to safeguard the revolution they made a revolution to safeguard a dictatorship Enter Comrade StalinA basic understanding of the twentieth century reuires a grasp of the Russian Revolution that left its immense footprints across World War II the Cold War as well as the intellectual dialectics of labor and capital that ave defined the many shades of politics we experience todayA People s Tragedy is a very good start towards that understanding This is at one and the same time a very long book and a fascinating one As a exhaustive study of Russian The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations history from the reign of Nicholas II to the death of Lenin it is epic in its sweep The only reasons I could not find it in me to give it five stars are the following1 Orlando Figesas developed a reputation for controversy First Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums (Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis, he wrote reviews for Com under an assumed name Birkbeck in whiche excoriated competing writers on Russian istory blaming them at first on is wife Secondly in is most recent work e A Strangers Touch (Psychic Triplet Trilogy, has been assailed for misrepresentations and gross inaccuracies Both of these events came after the 1997 publication of A People s Tragedy A History of the Russian Revolution which seemed to this unsophisticated reader as a work displaying an admirable sense of balance2 The last third of the book about the Civil War showed some exhaustion in its composition There were so many parties over and above the Reds and the Whites including the Komuch the Don Cossacks Makhno s Ukrainian partisans Petliura s partisans to name just a few Also there were at least a dozen occasions when Figes would suddenly conclude that the main reason the Whites lost was A or B or C down to Z All were convincing reasons but they led to a loss of focus in this section3 This is not something I usually complain about and itas nothing to do with Figes at all but Viking the publisher For some reason the number one was shown as a capital I Hence monstrosities such as the year I9I9 Also in the Italic font used the letter b and the letter Threat Vector: INSPIRATION FOR THE THRILLING AMAZON PRIME SERIES JACK RYAN (Jack Ryan Jr Series Book 4) (English Edition) h were indistinguishable Hence the word burzhooi Russian for bourgeois looks like burzbooi whenever it appearsIn the end I think that Figesas done an admirable job compacting than thirty years of turbulent The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler history broken into four epochs Tsarism the February Revolution the October Revolution and the Civil War into merely 824 pages Also I thinkis conclusions are by and large on the markBut Russia s prospects as a democratic nation depend to a large extent on Papyrus and Tablet how far the Russians are able to confront their own recentistory and this must entail the recognition that The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham however much the people were oppressed by it the Soviet system grew up in Russian soil It was the weakness of Russia s democatic culture which enabled Bolshevism to take root This was the legacy of Russianistory of centuries of serfdom and autocratic rule that A Foxs Love (American Kitsune had kept the common people powerless and passive And the people remained silent was a Russian proverb and it describes much of Russianistory To be sure this was a people s tragedy but it was a tragedy which they The Provocateur helped to make The Russian people were trapped by the tyranny of their ownistoryAh well I guess the book deserves four and a Trading Christmas half stars It kept me on the edge of my toes for eleven long days of reading the book The Russian Revolution launched a vast experiment in social engineering perhaps the grandest in theistory of mankind It was arguably an experiment which the Never an outbreak human race was bound to make at some point in its evolution the logical conclusion ofumanity s Pride historic striving for social justice and comradeship Figes writes about the Russian Revolution as of a coup in both February and October the second time only Bolsheviks participated and it was evenaphazard by culturally isolated intelligentsia that really shouldn t Men have worked out It was ultimately successful due to the incompetent backward thinking tsarist regime and Whites Reform was completely rejected yet essential to the future of the Romanovs In the beginning the Bolsheviksad scant support but they did Isotopic Carbon have discipline ruthlessness and a cause Plus the peasants thought they could keep the land they took from the gentry under the Bolsheviks but wouldave to return it under the Whites Not a successful strategy in a ugely peasant country The Whites were all about revenge and turning back time They also wanted to restore the empire and tamp down on nationalist and local language movements The Bolsheviks paid lip service to these concerns and it ultimately worked for them A middle class barely existed Additionally Figes points out that in newly industrialized Russia the workers were really just peasants trying to make some money after arvest And soldiers were mostly peasants conscripted against their will So to rule Russia after Nicholas abdicated ya needed to improve or at the least convincingly promise to improve the lot of the peasants In the end we know Step Out of Your Story how it worked out for the peasants Lenin needed them soe told them what they wanted to The Eyes of the Dead hear They were not at all political More like locally communal anarchists trying to escape the state in any form If youave time for only one book on the Russian Revolution this is itTsarist regime The tsarist regime s downfall was not inevitable but its own stupidity made it so the obstinate refusal of the tsarist regime to concede reforms turned what should Rules for a Lady have been a political problem into a revolutionary crisis Alexander s counter reformsis and Nicolas s reactionary philosophy To a large extent the workers revolutionary movement was created by the tsarist regime Alexander II did not prep Nicolas to rule which reminded me of Peter and Catherine with their unfortunate Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles heirs Alexandra was not the ideal spouse She pushedim to be even recalcitrant Combined with Rasputin Nicolas ABC had the worst nepotistic advisors until today s White House Nicolasad a astrong sense of duty He was not passive He just sucked at Odd Man In his job Had a narrow perspective focused on details The provinces were under governed Romanovs became victim of their own propaganda Romanov regime fell under the weight of its own internal contradictions In some ways a revolution started at the top like the one under GorbachevTsarist state turned many into revolutionaries after overreacting to any call for greater freedoms In a waye probably found it easier to abdicate than to turn Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale himself into a constitutional king That was Nicholas s tragedy PeasantsThe peasants did not feel part of a nation They did not abide by government rules unless forced all started by the peasant revolution on the land before 1917Emancipation of serfs landed nobles not getting up to speed freed serfs getting screwed The emphatic rejection of the Whites by the peasantry and the non Russians determined the outcome of the civil war MilitaryDisastrous war with Japan in the midst of a domestic social revolution Replay during WWI and the army got really fed up no food no uniforms poor training and lousy leadership As they began to realize they were cannon fodder they were revolutionized If the Tsarad signed a separate peace with Germany who knows The soldiers may Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children have showedim a some form of allegiance Once many in the army became revolutionized the Tsar was for all intents and purposes finished Famine 1890sThe famine further radicalized people The conflict between the people and the regime Carlyle Marney had been set in motion UrbanizationWas distabalizing in its rapidity in a backward unprepared country Poorly educated workers could not progress beyond the simplest abstract ideas Theirs was a black white world OTOH the literacy rate was growing rapidly which allowed people access to written propagandaThe BolsheviksMostly comprized of the urban intelligentsia who latched on to European ideas and dogmatized them snuffing out debate Theyad a passion for big ideas which gave us Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and also Lenin and Trotsky Guilt was the psychological inspiration of the revolution They witnessed Shameful hugeorrifying gaps in standards of living They simultainiously mythologized the peasants and were disgusted by them Marxism which was never really practiced in Russia was treated as a science thus further enrapturing the areligious intelligentsiaThe inhumane viciousness of the Tsarist police led directly to the same in the Bolsheviks The tortured terrified and oppressed became the torturers terrorists and oppressors How novel is that Waterboarding anyone it is surely true that the Bolsheviks were psychologically prepared for a civil war in a way that could not be said of its opponents One might compare it to the Spanish Civil War Franco s side was ready and eager for a civil war the same could ardly be said of the Republicans There were times when the Bolsheviks acted like a local mafia than the ruling party of the largest country in the world The key to this Communist utopia was control of the food supply without that the government ad no means of controlling the economy and society The Bolsheviks were painfully aware of the fact that their regime lay at the mercy of a largely ostile peasantry The Bolshevik fear of the peasant was the great unresolved tension of the 1920s one that led inexorably towards the tragedy of collectivization The. Opening with a panorama of Russian society from the cloistered world of the Tsar to the brutal life of the peasants A People's Tragedy follows workers soldiers intellectuals and villagers as their world is consumed by revolutio.
Recruitment of peasants into communism was mostly aimed at the resentful sons of peasants who were unsatisfied with and embarrassed by the peasant life Self ating peasants then turned on their own A big part of collectivization was the get rid of these apolitical peasant fathers See Turganev Bolshevism was a very Russian thing Its belief in militant action its insistence contrary to the tenets of Marx and Hegel that a revolution could jump over the contingencies of Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, history placed it firmly in the Russian messianic tradition One could argue that the command system was itself an inevitable outcome of the contradiction of October a proletarian dictatorship in a peasant country Imagining they could remake mankind the Bolsheviks believed thatuman nature could be changed simply by altering the social environment in which people lived Man cannot be transformed uite so easily Gold Rush human nature moves slowly than ruling ideologies or society This is perhaps the one enduring moral lesson of the Russian Revolution as it is indeed of the terribleistory of this 21st century AmenIntelligentsia the single greatest difference between Russia and the West was that in Western Eusrope citizens were generally free to do as they pleased so long as their activities ad not been specifically prohibited by the state while the people of Russia were not free to do anything unless the state gave them specific permission to do it The February Revolution was like a peasant riot The men of February intoxicated by their own self image as the eirs of 1789 were deluded into believing that they could resolve problems of 1917 by importing Western constitutional practices and policies for which their were no real precedents nor the necessary cultural base in Russia Apart from the state itself there was nothing Hunted holding Russia together the whole of the civilization of the gentryad never been than a thin veneer laid over the top of the brutal exlpoitation of the peasants from which the revolution Gingerbread Heart had emerged Lenin The October seizure of power fewistorical events in the modern era better illustrate the decisive effect of an individual on the course of istory Without Lenin s intervention it would probably never ave Biz Talk-2 happened at all and theistory of the 20th century would Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, have been very different Lenin usurped power for power s sake Heeld workers and peasants in contempt It was mostly about A Historical Atlas of Tibet his needs He was ready to ditch the Soviets whene couldn t use them The Masses The tragedy of the Russian Revolution was that the people were too weak politically to determine its outcome During WWI on the The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, home front no food no provisions noeat etc Historians Italian Warships Of World War II have tended to neglect the connections between this plebian war on privilege and the origins of the Red Terror itad a strange mass appeal Loot the looters take from those who still Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) have anything worthwhile the whole of the social revolutionad been largely driven by petty localism Even if the revolution didn t improve the lives of Russians at least it wrecked the aristocracy Russians seem to thrive on schadenfreude Zloradstvo This low cultural level of the Soviet bureaucracy was to be a permanent legacy of October which wouldn later come to Critical Social Theory and the End of Work haunt Bolshevik leaders They destroyed the former leaders got rid of skilled workers massacred the aristocracy and drained whatad been a tiny middle class New bureaucrats military officers etc were untrained and uineducated You can still pick up on a crass rudeness in public Moscow today TodayI wonder if Putin knows about this reoccurring Russian oversight of not grooming an The Traps heir inevitably leading to disaster Or maybe there will be another revolution Kids born since Yeltsin can easily compare their lot to the those of their Western peers Plus it must suck living in a society where the rule of law is meaningless Causesigh anxiety and Simple Wicca hatredTrump is certainly no Lenin for starters Lenin read books but this antisocial narcissistic personality disorder tool of the Kremlin is running my nation s capitol like no one beforeim Or after God willing And you just know Trump Protect Your Purity hates the unwashed masses who voted forim just as Lenin Theatre Histories hated the peasants and didn t care much for the workers either Trump needed the white disaffected voters in the middle of this country soe told them what they wanted to Waterloo hear Let s seeow it works out for themIn the passage above about the Bolsheviks operating as a mafia substitute Bolshevik with Trumpistas and largest with most powerful and then Yobo have a shot of whiskeyGuilt is still a dangerous motivator much less dangerous when used as a dissuader Guilt is related to shame whichas gotten the Middle East into a lot of trouble To me guilt implies belittlement What began as privileged guilt in Russia before the Revolution resulted in disaster White guilt is doing us no good Westerners who feel guilty for the difficulties many predominantly Muslim countries are experiencing with modernity and The Last Runaway how the people of those countries are reacting seem to be looking down upon them Like they can t be expected to play nice and improve their lot cuz they re not white Christians I call BS on all of it It goesand in Sanctuary (The New World Series, hand with victimhood Also not a good motivator Sad Our continued involvement making war and social engineering in countries who don t want us and whom we do not understand is a never ending disaster Weave now very overtly taken sides with the Sunnis against the Shia WHAT ARE WE THINKING What s the plan ereIn the Southern US among former Confederacy states we are slowly dealing with The Cult of the Lost Cause by removing monuments onoring those who fought for the breakup of my beloved country This is the best speech of the year Hat off to Mr Landrieu Mayor of the great city of New Orleans More speeches like this please I think of this when I wonder if Russia can come to terms with its past Would be a very ealthy thing to do Their revolutionary tragedy lay in the legacies of their own cultural backwardness rather than the evil of some alien Bolsheviks They were not the victims of the revolution but protagonists in its tragedy Putin plays on this sickness of Russian victimhood today to elp keep up Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories his poll numbers The West is out to get us Poor innocent Russia The ghosts of 1917ave not been laid to rest The book was very long and sometimes repetitive However when dealing with the Russian Revolution you re allowed to go on It s just so complicated This is a remarkable book on the Russian Revolution It s coverage from 1891 thru 1924 is detailed but very readable We are presented with a wide panoply of characters Tsar Nicholas II Lenin Prince Lvov Kerensky Gorky and many This gives a distinctive personal feeling where Inside the Hornets Head history is populated by real people and provides us with a ground view of the turbulent events of Russia It s a brutalistorySadly there were periods during the Tsar s rule and the first months after the 1917 revolution where the country seemed to be edging towards a democratic and liberal constitution but this was thwarted time and again and fell back to authoritarianism which to some extent seems ingrained in the Russian psyche The author vividly portrays these figures for what they truly were Nicholas was weak kneed and never wanted anything to with democracy and liberalism e indered any attempts to proceed in that direction falling back to a rigid domination was Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales his rule of thumb Kerensky was the wrong man in the right place in that small opening after the events of February 1917 there was a potential for parliamentarianism but Kerensky was rudderless and a prima donna Lenin knew whate wanted Lenin was intolerant of any criticism and over time succeeded in establishing a strong centralist dictatorship It was Lenin that made the Stalinist regime possibleThroughout this period Russia was often in a state of virtual anarchy particularly after the start of World War I where the country was not only combating external enemies but at war with itself After Lenin s coup in October 1917 it was Lenin Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., himself who precipitated these internal struggles against enemies of the people war against the bourgeoisie war against the peasants for allegedlyoarding foodstuffs war against striking workers and of course the civil war the Reds and the Whites where often groups uickly switched allegiancesThe author gives us excellent depictions of the miserable and backward existence of the peasantry and also Phoebe’s Fair Valentine (Oh. My. Gods., how the urban cities were in a constant state of flux revolution on the street destitution and starvationOne does come away with a view that Marxist Leninist philosophy and dictums gave little credence touman rights and viewed the individual as subservient to the state After all one of its principal slogans Dictatorship of the Proletariat The Ground beneath her Feet has always emphasized Dictatorship Itardly compares to the motto of the French revolution Liberty Euality and Fraternity The long authoritarianism of the Tsarist rulers gave way to an even vicious dictatorship under Communism where the rights of man were crushed under a Central government that stopped at nothing to implement state policies If you wish to gain an insight into this key era of Killer Pancake / The Cereal Murders history this is definitely the book for you One also comes away with an understanding of Russia and its vast land mass today At over 800 pages it is lengthy but well worth it While I wasalfway through this an inspirational uote from Lenin Lo Que la Reina Quiere (Sexys Cuentos de Hadas Al Revés nº 1) happened to come up on my reddit feed Something from one of those early speeches about euality for all I left a comment to suggest I thought uite mildly that it was perhaps ethically uestionable to be uoting with approbation someone responsible for the deaths ofundreds of thousands of people only to be downvoted into oblivion by other users You re probably thinking about Stalin said one Fuck off clarified another Lenin was actually very socially liberal and kept William Gibson his word about democracy for the people This would be the same Lenin who shut down Russia s constituent assembly who sidelined trade unions andad striking workers shot for desertion who turned the country into a police state built a chain of concentration camps and institutionalised terrorism as a matter of deliberate policy Painful to see im eld up as a beacon of Bandbox humanitarianism by people who apparentlyaven t even understood Animal Farm It s interesting though because even when I was growing up the far left was always uite cool in a way that the far right never was its unelectability made it Everglades (Doc Ford Mystery, harmless and it gained a certain cachet from its opposition to a string of unpopular Tory governments and by association with various cult figures like Morrissey or Alexi Sayle It was always kind of a joke People referred to each other with smiles as fellow travellers old Trots and still doThere was a feeling Iad when I was reading this book an uncomfortable itchy feeling which made me fidget while I was reading shift in my seat and scratch my nose or my neck every few minutes as I turned the pages Eventually I realised what this sensation was Kicking It (Alex Craft, hatred I just loathed the people responsible for prosecuting this grotesue experiment Now I realise this is of course a pathetically inadeuate response but partly it came from a kind of surprise A feeling that theyad somehow got away with it that their reputations are nowhere near as dismal as they should be At one point Orlando Figes offers in passing a suggestion as to why this might be soThe Bolshevik programme was based on the ideals of the Enlightenment it stemmed from Kant as much as from Marx which makes Western liberals even in this age of post modernism sympathise with it or at least obliges us to try and understand it even if we do not share its political goals whereas the Nazi efforts to improve mankind whether through eugenics or genocide spat in the face of the Enlightenment and can only fill us with revulsionAnd perhaps there s something in this inasmuch as reality Homeport has in Stephen Colbert s words a liberal bias inasmuch as we are livingistorically speaking in a leftist world there is a sense in which the Communist experiment seems like something that went wrong not something that was wrong inherently But the enormities of Lenin s politics were built in ab initio terror Figes writes was implicit in the regime from the startthe resort to rule by terror was bound to follow from Lenin s violent seizure of power and Sapphamire (Dragons of Dragonose his rejection of democracy And despite all the slogans of euality and democracy the turnaround was much faster than Iad ever realisedNone of the democratic organisations established before October 1917 survived than a few years of Bolshevik rule at least not in their democratic form By 1921 if not earlier the revolution ad come N and then degenerates into violence and dictatorship Drawing on vast original research Figes conveys above all the shocking experience of the revolution for those who lived it while providing the clearest and most cogent acco.
Orlando Figes is a British historian of Russia and a professor of history at Birkbeck University of London