The 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, based on documents and photos from recently opened Russian archives, this work explores the full range of events and reveals the thoughts, perceptions, and judgements ...
The 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, based on documents and photos from recently opened Russian archives, this work explores the full range of events and reveals the thoughts, perceptions, and judgements of the individuals involved. Photos.
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I first read this book in 2004 --- well after it was published, and then lost my copy. But, that offered a chance for a re-read and another positive evaluation. The authors admittedly have the opportunity of a Glasnost Russia to examine the actual documents (diaries, letters of the entire family, etc) but also the chance to examine the political, environment of the times, using historical methodology that provides a much clearer picture than recent books, including Massie's "Nicholas and Alexandra," which, as they note, depended too much on emigre recollections, and their own agenda, and which sacrificed accuracy. It also shows that no one really knows all of the details of the Imperial Family's death, including their own version. Most intriguing is that the intention was to give a kangaroo trail by the Ural Soviets and kill Nicholas only, but in light of the advancing White army, they took on themselves to shoot the entire family. It also seems to be the first to show that King George's fear of revolution in the UK, led to his decision not to offer them asylum; one that directly resulted in their deaths, and the trap of rescue with false letters, by their jailors, to the family as "proof" that they wanted to escape. Nicholas is still a very controversial figure in Russia, and while revisionists there have been kinder, there are those who are not. One of the more intriguing stories of the modern world, and the continuance of "if's" by scholars and history lovers, A must read.
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