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Smith, Douglas, 1962-
Former people : the final days of the Russian aristocracy / Douglas Smith
Alternate Title Final days of the Russian aristocracy
First edition
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  HT653.S65 S65 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Aristocracy (Social class) -- Soviet Union
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Russia -- History -- 20th century
Subject Sheremetev family -- History -- 20th century
Goli︠t︡syn family -- History -- 20th century
Physical Description xvii, 464 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages [417]-435) and index
Contents Before the deluge. Russia, 1900 ; The Sheremetevs ; The Golitsyns ; The last dance -- 1917. The fall of the Romanovs ; A country of mutinous slaves ; The bolshevik coup -- Civil war. Expropriating the expropriators ; The corner house ; Spa town hall ; Bogoroditsk ; Doctor Golitsyn ; Exodus -- NEP. School of life ; Noble remains ; The foxtrot affair ; Virtue in rags -- Stalin's Russia. The great break ; The death of Parnassus ; Outcasts ; The mouse, the kerosene, and the match ; Anna's fortune ; Happy times ; Poisonous snakes and the avenging sword: operation "former people" ; The great terror ; War: the end
Summary Examines the fate of two Russian aristocratic families in a detailed account of the Bolshevik Revolution's effect on the upper class, discussing the relentless lootings, harrowing escapes, humbling exile and imprisonment, and summary executions that took place during this violent time of transition

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