A history of the Russian Revolution, which turned a backward, violent, peasant country into the world's first worker's state . This book uses newly-opened files in Moscow and other cities to explain the events and to examine the nightmare years, including the civil war that ended in 1923.
Orlando Figes is a University Lecturer in History and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Born in London in 1959, he graduated with a double-starred first in History from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1982. His first book, Peasant Russia, Civil War, was described by a reviewer as 'one of the most important books ever published on the Russian Revolution'.
Winner of WH Smith Literary Prize 1997 and AT & T Non-Fiction Award 1997.