Abundant, newly discovered sources shatter long-held beliefs The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 revealed, among many other things, a hidden wealth of archival documents relating to the imprisonment and eventual murder of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their children. Emanating from sources both within and close to the Imperial ...
Abundant, newly discovered sources shatter long-held beliefs The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 revealed, among many other things, a hidden wealth of archival documents relating to the imprisonment and eventual murder of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their children. Emanating from sources both within and close to the Imperial Family as well as from their captors and executioners, these often-controversial materials have enabled a new and comprehensive examination of one the pivotal events of the twentieth century and the many controversies that surround it. Based on a careful analysis of more than 500 of these previously unpublished documents, along with numerous newly discovered photos, The Fate of the Romanovs makes compelling revisions to many long-held beliefs about the Romanovs' final months and moments. This powerful account includes: * Surprising evidence that Anastasia may, indeed, have survived * Diary entries made by Nicholas and Alexandra during their captivity * Revelations of how the Romanovs were betrayed by trusted servants * A reconstruction of daily life among the prisoners at Ipatiev House * Strong evidence that the Romanovs were not brutalized by their captors * Statements from admitted participants in the murders
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If you are a Romanov scholar, or simply someone whos is knowledgable about the life and death of the Imperial Family, you will be dissapointed by this book. The authors present a one-dimensional portrait of the Tsar, Tsaritsa, the Tsarevich and the four Grand Duchesses. This is odd considering that revisionist history has given us a much broader and more nuanced portrait of the Tsar and especailly the Empress, most notably Robert Massie and Dominic Lieven. The authors also dwell on the anti-semitism of the Romanovs to the point of distraction. What is also missing is line editor. The text is full of grammatical errors, and chronological sequences are often out of order. There seems to have been a rush to get this into print. Many of the "evidence" is questionable and is open to debate, eg. Marie's flirtation with one of the guards, and also the role of Yakovlev, and the description of the murders has already been challenged. Buy at your own risk.
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