"The Fall of the Romanovs" by Mark D. Steinberg

The Fall of the Romanovs Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution Mark D. Steinberg, Vladimir M. Khrustalev

Series:
Annals of Communism
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
01 Apr 1997
ISBN:
9780300070675
Dimensions:
498 pages: 229 x 152 x 28mm
Illustrations:
black & white illustrations

The compelling and poignant story of the arrest, captivity, and execution of the last tsar of Russia and his family during the revolution of 1917-1918 has been recounted-and romanticized-for decades. Now a new book explores the full range of events and reveals the thoughts, perceptions, and judgments of the individuals involved-Nicholas and Alexandra, their children, and the men who guarded and eventually killed them. "An extraordinary book. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Western history."-Francine du Plessiz Gray, New York Times Book Review "Steinberg and Khrustalev have achieved that rarest of things: they have produced a work of outstanding scholarship which is also an unputdownable read. It is not only the unwritten sequel to The Brothers Karamazov. As a bona fide 'royals' book, it is also the perfect antidote to Andrew Morton."-Niall Ferguson, The Sunday Times "Useful ...lucid analysis...Contains several important never-before-published accounts of the assassination."-Joseph Finder, Washington Post Book World "[The] book presents a portrait of the political exigencies and passions that determined the family's fate. The documents themselves are of primary interest, but the judicious tone of the introductions to each section offers a welcome contrast to the overheated speculation that has long surrounded the last Tsar."-Susan Jacoby, Newsday Mark D. Steinberg teaches history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Vladimir M. Khrustalev is historian-archivist at the State Archive of the Russian Federation.

"Documents on the fate of the Romanov dynasty, including official orders, personal letters, diaries, and recollections,...reveal the tsar and his family alternately oblivious to the mood of the times,...pathetic,...and noble....Most chilling is the recollection of the commissar who murdered them....With first-class analysis from Steinberg. "ÑKirkus Reviews

"UsefulÉlucid analysisÉ.Contains several important never-before-published accounts of the assassination."ÑJoseph Finder, Washington Post Book World

"This valuable documentary record recreates the arrest, captivity, and execution of the imperial Romanov family."ÑPublishers Weekly

"The reader gleans vivid facts and impressions about how the imperial family lived in incarceration and died in a deplorable fashion. . . . Students of European history will be thrilled to have access to what's included here."ÑBooklist

"The organization of the book is superb: Brief, pithy, well-written chapters are followed by extravagantly lengthier collections of first-hand documents, from published and especially new archival materials, all copiously annotated. . .This is documentary history at its very best."ÑMax J. Okenfuss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"[The] book presents a portrait of the political exigencies and passions that determined the family's fate. The documents themselves are of primary interest, but the judicious tone of the introductions to each section offers a welcome contrast to the overheated speculation that has long surrounded the last Tsar."ÑSusan Jacoby, Newsday

"The third entry in Yale's Annals of Communism series consists of documents on the fate of the Romanov dynasty, including official orders, personal letters, diaries, and recollections, interspersed with a commentary by Steinberg. . .He concludes that the version closest to the evidence is that the Urals Soviet was authorized to execute the tsar and his family without trial if the military situation deteriorated. . .[This is] first-class analysis from Steinberg."ÑKirkus Review

"This work is scholarly, well written, and suitable for academic and public libraries."ÑLibrary Journal

"This is one of the best, perhaps the best book we are likely to see on the collapse of the dynasty. . . . The Fall of the Romanovs can be read on many levels. Taken simply as a collection of material which none of us has ever seen before, it is valuable and interesting enough, but this is a book designed to make you think."ÑCharlotte Zeepvat, Royalty Digest

"Steinberg and Krustalev have put together an unrivalled collection of letters, diary extracts, government telegrams and even secret messages delivered to the imperial family by conspirators offering to help them escape from captivity. Many have been hidden away in the Soviet archives for decades, with no hope of ever being publishedÑuntil now. The commentary on the documents is the most astute, concise account to date of the Romanovs' tragic demise."ÑThe Sunday Telegraph

"This is history at its most intensely personal, its most vividly exciting."ÑMichael Kerrigan, The Scotsman

"A compelling read even for the non-specialist. Its presentation and style are a model of scholarly elegance."ÑVictor Swoboda, The Gazette, (Montreal)

"Scholarly . . .exciting. . . . A sumptuous piece of historical tourism."ÑMichael Ratcliffe, The Observer Review

"A fascinating account of the end of Russian royalty."ÑPaul LaRocque, The Morning Star

"A superbly edited collection of documents illuminating the personality and actions of Nicholas II and his family."ÑNikolai Tolstoy, The Daily Telegraph

"The Fall of the Romanovs is without question the most illuminating volume I have seen on the circumstances surrounding the Romanov's demise. . . . The book has been edited with meticulous care and the documents translated skillfully."ÑAndrew Solomon, London Review of Books

"One of the best of the many books on this subject to appear in recent years. . . . Unlike so much of the literature, it presents this tale without moral prejudice, allowing both the victims and the perpetrators to recount their parts in it in their own words."ÑOrlando Figes, Times Literary Supplement

"All future accounts of Nicholas II will benefit from this collection of documents and the judicious commentaries which accompany them."ÑR.C. Elwood, Canadian Journal of History

"This handsome and remarkable affordable volume should become standard reading for specialists and undergraduate students of Russian history, but it will be enjoyed by the general public as well."ÑMichael C. Hickey, Slavic and East European Journal

"An impressive addition to the literature, especially valuable for its scholarly credibility. It offers a reliable and objective antidote to the 'romantic, hagiographic, apologetic, accusatory, or gossipy and trivial' writings that have enjoyed public favor.ÑRobert D. Warth, Russian Review

"[A] marvelous collection. . . . This carefully assembled work is most likely aimed at students; nevertheless, a wide variety of readers can profit from it. While teachers may find it especially useful, all those who want to be pulled into this tumultuous and important era of history and feel as if they are reliving it, as well as those who want to be provoked by new questions and ideas, should read this book."ÑLesley A. Rimmel, Annals of the American Academy

"Steinberg and Khrustalev have achieved that rarest of things: they have produced a work of outstanding scholarship which is also an unputdownable read. It is not only the unwritten sequel to The Brothers Karamazov. As a bona fide 'royals' book, it is also the perfect antidote to Andrew Morton."ÑNiall Ferguson, The Sunday Times

"If one wishes to live vicariously those last fateful years, almost day to day, with those pathetic people and ponder their fate and the reasons for it, this is a remarkable guide."ÑPatricia Herlihy, The Historian

"An extraordinary book. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Western history."ÑFrancine du Plessiz Gray, New York Times Book Review

"This volume, which is both extremely well researched and well written, is now the best account of the tragic end of the Romanov dynasty in English and it is good to have it in paperback."ÑContemporary Review