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Shortly after withdrawing from World War I, Russia descended into a bitter civil war unprecedented for its savagery: epidemics, battles, mass executions, forced labor, and famine claimed millions of lives. From 1918 to 1921, through great cities and tiny villages, across untouched forests and vast frozen wasteland, the Bolshevik "Reds" fought the anti-Communist Whites andShortly after withdrawing from World War I, Russia descended into a bitter civil war unprecedented for its savagery: epidemics, battles, mass executions, forced labor, and famine claimed millions of lives. From 1918 to 1921, through great cities and tiny villages, across untouched forests and vast frozen wasteland, the Bolshevik "Reds" fought the anti-Communist Whites and their Allies (fourteen foreign countries contributed weapons, money, and troops—including 20,000 American soldiers). This landmark history re-creates the epic conflict that transformed Russia from the Empire of the Tsars into the Empire of the Commissars, while never losing sight of the horrifying human cost....

Title : Red Victory: A History of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1921
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ISBN : 9780306809095
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 640 Pages
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Red Victory: A History of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1921 Reviews

  • Jerome
    2019-01-10 09:33

    An engaging and sweeping narrative of the Russian “Civil War,” which, in reality, was a series of civil wars and series of international wars all fought at more or less the same time. Lincoln has a good command of the subject matter and does a great job telling the story of the war through the stories of people like Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky, as well as ordinary people stuck in these chaotic events. Lincoln deftly describes the period’s complicated politics.Lincoln’s book is a great narrative history, and his analysis is careful and reasoned. He thoroughly describes the immense political, military, and social obstacles that stood in the way of the Reds and the Whites. The Civil War was very chaotic but Lincoln does a great job making sense out of it in a thorough, readable way. Lincoln describes how a nation already spent by world war endured an even more savage conflict, with all of the accompanying famine, butchery, and chaos. Lincoln argues that the Civil War originated in the class warfare already taking place around the countryside, which in turn had its origins in the Bolsheviks’ food requisitions. When this or that peasant was suspected of hoarding, Bolshevized workers took a look in the peasant’s soup pot. If there was meat, the peasant was declared an enemy of the people and promptly shot. This kind of law soon prevailed. As Lincoln shows, neither side enjoyed popular support, but unlike the Whites, the Reds rarely threw away any opportunities, providing repression with reform on Communist lines, while the Whites had no real defined political agenda. Eventually, the Reds won a degree of tolerance, if not support.Informative and enjoyable, although Lincoln could have spent more time discussing the history of the various anti-Bolshevik armies, or even the foreign armies dispatched to Russia. And curiously, the book is divided into sections based on years, but none of these sections actually deal with those specific years and jump around quite a bit.

  • Philip Girvan
    2019-01-16 14:33

    Lincoln’s history details the power grabs, the bloodshed, and the horrific events that follow “the euphoria of 1917, when the Revolution had flourished and men and women had worked in common to build a world free of bureaucracy, coercion, and state control" (504). The book does a good job situating the various battles and portraying the army commanders without losing sight of the scope of the war or for what is being fought.My main quibble, which has been pointed out by other commentators, is the lack of maps. Despite this shortcoming, it’s a thorough, and highly readable, account of the fighting as well as the political machinations that eventually lead to the power originally promised to the proletariat instead being transferred to "the monolithic, intolerant, highly centralized Communist Party"(514-5).Recommended to anyone interested in Russian and/or 20th Century history.

  • Fred Dameron
    2018-12-29 10:17

    If you like political histories this is a must read to understand what happened between 1917 and 1922 in Russia. If, like myself, you prefer more action and adventure, it's a interesting yet not exciting read. Red Victory does give a great understanding of what happened politically and with that understanding one can see why Russia is doing what it is currently doing. Putin is an heir to Lenin just as much as Stalin, Brezhnev, and Gorbachove. Trying to understand Lenin's legacy as it applies to 2017 starts in 1917 thru 1922. Red Victory will go a long way to understanding what that communist legacy is and how it applies to the modern Russian state. A must read for that understanding but a slog if you aren't a political junkie.

  • Bill V
    2019-01-13 16:30

    This is a good book. My only major criticism is that it lacks maps, which makes it hard to follow what is going on.There may be 2 minor errors as well. One is in Chapter Eight where the author discusses a naval raid on the Russian position of Kronstadt. It says, "Agar and his Finnish smugglers sank the battleships Andrei Pervozannya and Petropavlovsk in less than half an hour." According to other sources, Petropavlovsk was attacked but not even damaged. Chapter Ten has the other questionable fact. It states "One of the anarchists whom the U.S. government deported to the Soviet Union in 1919". I find no record of Alexandra Kollontai, the named anarchist, being deported from the U.S. although she did go on a speech tour in the U.S. She was deported from Germany around 1914.Another is some of the information is dated. For example, the beginning of the book has a section on major characters. It basically has a person's dates of birth and death as well as a few biographical sentences. A few of the these characters have unknown dates but I've seen on the internet updated information which does include such dates. Also, given that Russian is transliterated into English and can be subjective, many of the spellings the author used are different from most other sources so it makes reaserching some characters a bit difficult.Nevertheless, I immensely enjoyed this book.

  • Tom Andersson
    2019-01-07 11:08

    En väldigt bra och omfattande bok om ryska inbördeskriget. Efter att ha läst "Red Victory" framgår det tydligt hur och varför Bolshjevikerna lyckades ta och behålla makten trots motstånd och vad man i modern tid tycker är en fruktansvärd hård och brutal regim. Även de vita styrkorna, ententens och centralmaktens inverventioner samt bonde och vänsterupprors kamp skilldras ingående på ett väldigt intressant sätt. Det enda negativa som jag kan föra fram, är att för mig som framförallt har ett militärhistoriskt intresse, så blir de rödas förtjustning för kommitéer, kongresser, församlingar, delegationer, deklarationer, kommunikeér mm. blir ganska långrandigt. Likså beskrivningen av kulturlivet i St:Petersburg, som iof är intressant, men som har förlagts mellan två kapitel där striden mellan de vita och de röda står på sin spets.

  • Jeromey
    2018-12-19 10:30

    Contained virtually nothing on the war and entirely too much on arts and culture. The history is also entirely one-sided from the Reds, with next to no information about the Whites during the war, nor the various intervention movements against the Reds.

  • Frederic
    2019-01-04 10:24

    A useful corrective for those who may think that Stalin corrupted/perverted/destroyed the Marxist-Leninist purity of the 1918 Revolution and the Bolshevik victory in the Civil War...more information than the casual reader wants or needs but it's still worthwhile...

  • Zuberino
    2019-01-14 16:13

    In a word: dazzling. Fuller review soon.

  • Enrique Puricelli
    2019-01-06 16:19

    Excellent book on a forgotten holocaust. Probably one of the bloodiest civil conflicts in human history mostly ignored. The book is excellently written and researched.

  • Brian
    2019-01-05 13:32

    Engaging and well written, but I thought the chapter on the artistic side of the Russians didn't fit with the rest of the book.