The Empire Must Die: Russia's Revolutionary Collapse, 1900-1917

The Empire Must Die Russia s Revolutionary Collapse From Tolstoy to Lenin from Diaghilev to Stalin The Empire Must Die is a tragedy of operatic proportions with a cast of characters that ranges from the exotic to utterly villainous the glamorous to

  • Title: The Empire Must Die: Russia's Revolutionary Collapse, 1900-1917
  • Author: Mikhail Zygar
  • ISBN: 9781610398312
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Tolstoy to Lenin, from Diaghilev to Stalin, The Empire Must Die is a tragedy of operatic proportions with a cast of characters that ranges from the exotic to utterly villainous, the glamorous to the depraved.In 1912, Russia experienced a flowering of liberalism and tolerance that placed it at the forefront of the modern world women were fighting for the right to voteFrom Tolstoy to Lenin, from Diaghilev to Stalin, The Empire Must Die is a tragedy of operatic proportions with a cast of characters that ranges from the exotic to utterly villainous, the glamorous to the depraved.In 1912, Russia experienced a flowering of liberalism and tolerance that placed it at the forefront of the modern world women were fighting for the right to vote in the elections for the newly empowered parliament, Russian art and culture was the envy of Europe and America, there was a vibrant free press and intellectual life But a fatal flaw was left uncorrected Russia s exuberant experimental moment took place atop a rotten foundation The old imperial order, in place for three hundred years, still held the nation in thrall Its princes, archdukes, and generals bled the country dry during the First World War and by 1917 the only consensus was that the Empire must die.Mikhail Zygar s dazzling, in the moment retelling of the two decades that prefigured the death of the Tsar, his family, and the entire imperial edifice is a captivating drama of what might have been versus what was subsequently seen as inevitable A monumental piece of political theater that only Russia was capable of enacting, the fall of the Russian Empire changed the course of the twentieth century and eerily anticipated the mood of the twenty first.

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    About “Mikhail Zygar”

    1. Mikhail Zygar

      Ru Russian journalist, writer and filmmaker, and the founding editor in chief of the only Russian independent news TV channel, Dozhd 2010 2015 Under Zygar s leadership, Dozhd provided an alternative to Kremlin controlled federal TV channels by focusing on news content and giving a platform to opposition voices The channel s coverage of politically sensitive issues, like the Moscow street protests in 2011 and 2012 as well as the conflict in Ukraine, has been dramatically different from the official coverage by Russia s national television stations Zygar is also the author of the book All the Kremlin s Men, the history of Putin s Russia, based on interviews with Russian politicians from Putin s inner circle The book has become an outstanding best seller in Russia.

    849 thoughts on “The Empire Must Die: Russia's Revolutionary Collapse, 1900-1917”

    1. Many thanks go to Mikhail Zygar, Hachette Book Group, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Zygar immediately clarified that he is a journalist and that this book is written from that perspective not necessarily from a purely historical standpoint. It begins around the turn of the twentieth century when the royal family was still on the throne, but social and economic reform was being shouted from the rooftops and the country's most hated man was callin [...]


    2. Человеческим языком и со стороны реальных людей о том, как в Россию пришло 3 революции с 1905 по 1917 годы


    3. In the Preface to ‘The Empire Must Die’ Zygar states that “I am not a historian, but a journalist”. He is, indeed, a very distinguished journalist and as brave as any war correspondent, having been the editor-in-chief of Dozhd, the only independent news TV channel in Russia between 2010-15, and winner of the International Press Freedom Award.Zygar says that his book “was written according to the rules of journalism: as if the characters were alive and I had been able to interview them [...]


    4. Книга, на 70% которой жаждешь революции. Узнала, что Николай 2 был скотиной. Почему автор удивлен тем, что революция пожирает своих детей, - неясно.Также бесит слово "троллит", "спойлер" и некоторые другие, а разжигающие сноски в конце книги - ммммм



    5. Pros: + Russian author who uses history to give insight into current Russianpolitics.+ A super in-depth look at the Russian revolution+ I’ve read a fair amount about the revolution but never from such variedperspectives+ All rubles are converted from 1900s values into modern USD, which REALLYhelps put things into perspective+ Because it’s told in a journalistic way, there is little bias that colorsthe presented people and events+ The epilogue is so powerful it bumped my rating from a 4 to a [...]



    6. In this work Mr. Zygar has penned a fascinating of an often overlooked period of Russian history. While much has been written about the fall of Tsarist Russia and the rise of the USSR under the Bolsheviks, the civil society centered on non-Bolshevik revolutionaries and reactionary forces are often overlooked.Mr. Zygar seeks to correct this imbalance in this exhaustive account of the period between Tsar Nicholas II's coronation and the collapse of Kerensky's provisional government. A vast array o [...]


    7. This is a frustrating and disappointing book. It has one big advantage: lots of stuff. Lots of info. Piles and piles and knowledge on it. But . Zygar has trouble doing anything with it. A lot of times this just reads like a bad undergraduate paper where it just gives paragraph after paragraph of stuff, with out any clear reason why it's there.I'll give an example. Let's look at the first chapter, titled, "In which Leo Tolstoy becomes a symbol of the fight against the regime and the main ideologi [...]



    8. «Двигателем истории является ошибка»Те факты что меня удивили и поразили «Победоносцев, воспитавший двух императоров, не самого высокого мнения о Николае II. Он нередко вспоминает, что в юности государь усердно ковырял в носу, когда ему пытались рассказать, как функционир [...]


    9. Liked it. Современным языком про события начала XX века. Читается не очень легко - и в плане языка, и слишком много информации на абзац. Приходится что-то пропускать, а где-то - смотреть википедию.Любопытно, насколько все циклично - вот редакторов журналов собирают в (АП) объяснить [...]


    10. Рекомендую. Ничего особо нового нет, но очень всё складно сделано - и оставляет какое-то крайне печальное ощущение. Плюс, разумеется, от многих параллелей с 2017 становится просто страшно. Общее впечатление хорошо выражено в последних строках книги: "Мы больны нашей историей. [...]


    11. Это вторая книга Зыгаря которую я прочитал. И чувства у меня от обеих книг примерно одинаковые. Перед тем, как приступить к чтению, я немного ошарашен темой, опасаюсь, что все это перейдет в занудство. Середина книги – я буквально проглатываю страницы, прыгая от одного героя [...]


    12. This was an engaging read. I've read several histories of the Romanov's and also on Stalin but not so much on the other political actors involved in the Russian revolution and all that occurred between March and October 1917. Admittedly, only the later quarter or so of the book covers this particular period, but I found it the most interesting. But the author covers some familiar characters (Tolstoy, Rasputin, Lenin, Gorky, the Imperial family) throughout the book in slightly different ways than [...]


    13. В чём отгадка загадки Распутина? В чём отгадка загадки Гапона и 9-го января? Что это был за типчик, в конце концов? В чём отгадка загадки последней царской эпохи? Почему всё произошло так, как произошло? В чём отгадка загадки Николая Второго и Аликс? Почему всё так пошло? В чём [...]


    14. The more I know, the less I understand.The best book on Russian revolution I have ever read. The way it is written literally puts you in main characters' shoes. I lived all 17 years, day-by-day, being in those shoes of ministers, Romanovs, revolutioners, secret police agents - that is much more than reading a classical history book, which provides facts only, lacking true touch of the reader's soul. I have got this touch and have a lot to think about, to analyze. Epiloge is very powerful. Cannot [...]


    15. Потрясающая книга! Читается на одном дыхании и не разваливается на куски, несмотря на невероятное нагромождение имен и событий.От эпилога пробирает дрожь."Русская революция оказалась явлением планетарного масштаба. Сдвиг литосферных плит, тектонический разлом, из-за кот [...]


    16. Зеркало русской революции Потрясающая книга Михаила Зыгаря читается на одном дыхании. Книга прекрасна очень редкой для исторической литературы объективностью освещения и динамичностью происходящего. Главным героем и творцом истории здесь является гражданское обществ [...]



    17. Такая себе попытка повторить "Всю кремлёвскую рать" на материале 1894-1917 годов. Как бы сказать Можно интереснее.


    18. Многочисленно и со всех сторон. Но слишком большой уклон в сторону сравнения с современной рф.


    19. Полотно, конечно, знаменательное, хотя некоторые вещи и недорассказаны.Читать стоит однозначно



    20. Enjoyable romp. Kudos for Zygar for not bringing up Navalny's name (when talking about Kerensky especially). That must've been pretty tempting I guess.




    21. Важнейший период отечественной истории сквозь призму судеб и мотивов отдельных людей. Огромный труд!



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