HELEN RAPPAPORT    Book Number: 86477    Product format: Hardback

Between the First Revolution in February 1917 and Lenin's Bolshevik coup in October, the former St Petersburg, Petrograd, was in turmoil, felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Mevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, offices and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows. Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home, from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic, to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South, to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women's Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva. See, feel and hear the revolution as it happened to an assortment of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a 'red madhouse'. A snowbound city of ice-locked canals and looming squares, experience the fine wide streets and elegant palaces of pink granite and rows of airy columns and arches exuding an imperial grandeur but also a sense of decay. Russia's capital was overflowing with thousands of refugees - Poles, Latvians, Lithuanians and Jews - who had fled the fighting on the Eastern Front. A malign, disturbing atmosphere hung over the city, see the interminable waiting and long silent queues of downcast women huddling in the cold, waiting for bread, milk and meat. Petrograd was hungry. By the specialist in Russian and Victorian history. 340pp, 41 illus and glossary of eyewitnesses. US first edition.
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