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Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917

by Helen Rappaport
£9.99   paperback  Cornerstone (Windmill Books) (2017)

Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917 by Helen Rappaport SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TELEGRAPH AND EVENING STANDARD
 
Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil. Foreign visitors who filled hotels, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps. Among them were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, governesses and volunteer nurses. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women’s Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareava.
 
Drawing upon a rich trove of material and through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold, Helen Rappaport takes us right up to the action – to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened.

ISBN 13: 9780099592426 | ISBN 10: 0099592428