The Last of the Tsars

Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution

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Publication date: 08.02.2018
ISBN: 9781447293101
Number of pages: 400


‘A timely and important book . . . he brings to it rare clarity and common sense. His book is a fast-paced account of the last sixteen months of the tsar’s life; brief, sharp, but laced with well-judged feeling for the dramas of the time.’ Catherine Merridale, Observer

In March 1917, Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, abdicated and the dynasty that had ruled an empire for three hundred years was forced from power by revolution. In this masterful and forensic study, Robert Service examines the last year Nicholas's reign and the months between that momentous abdication and his death, with his family, in Ekaterinburg in July 1918.

Drawing on the Tsar's own diaries and other hitherto unexamined contemporary records, The Last of the Tsars reveals a man who was almost entirely out of his depth, perhaps even willfully so. It is also a compelling account of the social, economic and political foment in Russia in the aftermath of Alexander Kerensky's February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917 and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet republic.

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Robert Service at Cheltenham

Robert Service at Cheltenham

  • The Sunday Times Garden Theatre
    The Sunday Times Garden Theatre
    The Sunday Times Garden Theatre Montpellier Gardens Cheltenham, GL50 1UL UNITED KINGDOM
  • 11 October 2017 15:45
11 October 2017 03:45Z 11 October 2017 04:45Z

To mark the centenary of the October Russian Revolution, writer, journalist and political activist Tariq Ali (The Dilemmas of Lenin) and renowned historians Robert Service (Last of the Tsars) and Y...

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Robert Service at Cliveden Literary Festival

Robert Service at Cliveden Literary Festival

  • Great Hall
    Great Hall
    Cliveden House , Buckinghamshire UNITED KINGDOM
  • 15 October 2017 11:30
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Russia 1917-2017: From Tsars and Lenin to Putin and Trump " "Discussing a century of revolution will be panellists Anne Applebaum, Helen Rappaport, Victor Sebestyen, Radek Sikorski and Robert Serv...

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