Review of Revolutionary Russia 1891-1991 by Orlando Figes

Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History - Orlando Figes

An enjoyable short history of Russia from 1891-1991. The argument of the book is that the Russian Revolution expands well beyond the years of accepted historical thought. I don't think it is terribly controversial and the argument was easy to make. A majority of the book deals with Lenin and Stalin and this make sense. I feel like the Cold War era after Stalin was given short thrift, but the point of this book was not to give a full history of the Soviet Union.

 

If nothing else, this book makes me want to read more about the Soviet Union and that is the sign of a good work of history.