The fall of the Romanovs : political dreams and personal struggles in a time of revolution /
Mark D. Steinberg and Vladimir M. Khrustalëv ; Russian documents translated by Elizabeth Tucker.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c1995.
xviii, 444 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0300065574 (alk. paper)
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New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c1995.
0300065574 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 419-422) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1995-09-04:
Based largely on previously classified materials from Moscow and Russian regional archives released only since the late 1980s, this valuable documentary record recreates the arrest, captivity and execution of the imperial Romanov family. It draws on letters, diary excerpts, telegraphs, minutes of government meetings and official orders, woven together by the authors' interpretive commentary. Tsar Nicholas II's personal writings reveal an autocrat of fatalistic spirituality who believed that the common people would ``come to their senses'' and rescue him. His reactionary wife, former German princess Alexandra, reinforced his perception of the Russian people as simple, devoted and childlike. Yale history professor Steinberg and Khrustalëv, historian at Russia's State Archive in Moscow, dispute the widely held view that orders to execute the Romanov family came personally from Lenin and the top party leadership. They argue that the inconclusive, circumstantial evidence favors a different scenario: party leaders in Moscow and Bolsheviks in the Urals agreed to put the Romanovs on trial, with execution as an alternative if the military situation dictated. Illustrated with photos, maps and facsimiles, this documentary sets the Romanovs' ordeal in the context of the Bolshevik crushing of liberal attempts to ensure the royal family's safety and aborted rightist conspiracies to free the Romanovs. History Book Club selection. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-10-15:
The fall of Soviet communism has sparked a renewed interest in detailing the real history of Russia. Recently opened archives and the decreasing likelihood of personal punishment have allowed historians unparalleled access to information hidden since World War I. Steinberg (history, Yale) and Khrustalev, a Russian historian-archivist, recount the arrest and life under guard of the Romanovs, with reproductions of many letters between Nicholas and Alexandra and documents of primary research. This work is scholarly, well written, and suitable for academic and public libraries. Pulitzer Prize winner Massie (Peter the Great, LJ 9/15/80) takes up where Steinberg leaves off. Massie's work chronicles the events from the death of the Romanovs at the hands of the Bolsheviks until the discovery and recent identification of their remains. Massie does a good job of exposing Romanov imposters, including Anna Anderson, but DNA research does not lend itself to readableness. The short chapters make the book more accessible, but this work does not compare favorably with the best of Massie's works. Together, these books bring to completion the lives of Nicholas and Alexandra. Communist revisionism has been replaced by academic research. [Massie's book was previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/95.]‘Harry Willems, Kansas Lib. System, Iola (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1996-03:
This work seems designed to satisfy contemporary thirst for information on the death of Nicholas II and his family, but to do so in an academically responsible fashion. It is a documentary history, with material drawn primarily from recently opened Russian archives. The documents, which illustrate the Emperor's abdication, the family's imprisonment in Tsarskoe Selo, Tobolsk, and Ekaterinburg, and finally their execution, are accompanied by Steinberg's lucid introduction. The imperial family's letters and diaries give readers a good sense of the personalities of Nicholas and Alexandra. These documents also show their total absence of political understanding; they could neither cope with prerevolutionary politics, nor begin to comprehend the political and social processes that ultimately destroyed them. Other documents, primarily generated by local soviets and the press, make clear that the treatment of the royal family was, at least in part, a response to popular hatred for "Nicholas the Bloody" and his entourage. For the historian, there is a general discomfort with the rather ghoulish hagiography this work feeds; still it does its job well. General readers. J. Zimmerman; University of Pittsburgh
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The story of the arrest, captivity, and execution of the Tsar and his family during the revolution of 1917 has become an historic tale. This book is based on documents and photos from recently opened Russian archives and from Western collections.
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The story of the arrest, captivity, and execution of the last tsar of Russia and his family during the revolution of 1917-1918 has been recounted and romanticized for decades. Now, based on documents and photos from recently opened Russian archives, this work explores the full range of events and reveals the thoughts, perceptions, and judgements of the individuals involved. Photos.
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Note on the Documents
Introduction: Nicholas and Alexandra, an Intellectual Portraitp. 1
Revolutionp. 39
Under Arrest at Tsarskoe Selop. 116
Siberian Captivityp. 169
Death in Yekaterinburgp. 277
Chronologyp. 367
Glossary of Personal and Institutional Namesp. 379
Genealogy of the Imperial Familyp. 396
Notesp. 399
Select Bibliographyp. 419
Document and Illustration Creditsp. 423
Indexp. 433
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