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The Shadow of the Winter Palace by Edward Crankshaw - First - 1976 - from Darbytown Books and

The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia's Drift to Revolution 1825-1917

by Edward Crankshaw

Condition: Near Fine/Near Fine

Very nice First Edition hardcover, pages are clean, crisp and sharp, binding tight. Cover boards near fine, 1/4 brown cloth, black boards, slight bumping along spine edges, Dust cover near fine, minor rubbing to tips and edges. A fresh and bright copy.

--An elegantly expostulatory narrative about the Russian century between the failed 1825 Decembrist conspiracy against Tsardom & the WWI collapse. Crankshaw, author of Khrushchev ('66) & Tolstoy ('74), focuses on the monarchy itself, the "sad fatuity" of its earlier attempts to ablish serfdom & the ministers who perpetuated "the sheer frivolity of the system," a waste of talent "more damaging than its brutalities." The book concludes, 1st, that the Tsars were a pretty foolish lot, & 2nd, that Russian reformers tended either to rely on the central autocracy to implement their hopes or to form a bloc with the revolutionary

  The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia's Drift to Revolution, 1825-1917 Crankshaw examines 19th-century Russia, between the failed Decembrist conspiracy in 1825 up until it's WWI collapse - a tempestuous time in the political world, but one that was also a Golden Age of intellectual and artistic achievement.


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