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Civil War in Siberia
The Anti-Bolshevik Government of Admiral Kolchak, 1918–1920

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521029070

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  • The Russian Civil War of 1917SH1921 was a pivotal event in modern history. It was the Bolshevik victory in this bloody struggle, not the fighting in the streets of Petrograd and Moscow in October 1917, that secured the victory of Soviet Communism. This book traces the clash between the "Reds" and the "Whites", the counter-revolutionary governments established around the periphery of Russia and aided by the Allies. In particular, it details the epic history of the White movement in Siberia, and the fortunes of its leader, Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak, using a wide range of contemporary sources.

    • Authoritative and detailed history of a pivotal event in modern history - the Russian Civil War
    • Uses a wide range of primary sources, memoirs, documents, etc. and provides a readable account of an epic military campaign
    • Also provides a compelling biography of the White Siberian leader, Admiral Kolchak, tracing his personal tragedy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This large study deserves a place in major academic libraries." F.J. Breit, Choice

    "...this examination of the Kolchak episode in counterrevolutionary history easily surpasses in documentation and sensible analysis earlier studies of the White movement in Siberia." John M. Thompson, Slavic Review

    "As the definitive treatment of one of the most important episodes in Russia's turbulent history, this book does much to clarify our understanding of the forces and events that brought the Soviet Union into being. Smele paints a canvas of great breadth and fascinating perspective. Exhaustive and far-ranging research makes this book all but certain to become a classic is its field, and all historians of the Russian Civil War and Siberia must stand greatly in its author's debt for that reason." W. Bruce Lincoln, American Historical Review

    "This is the fullest account to date of the rise of the White movement in Siberia." Vladimir Brovkin, The Historian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521029070
    • length: 788 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1.107kg
    • contains: 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    Glossary and abbreviations
    1. The triumphal march of reaction
    2. The establishment of the Kolchak government
    3. 'What Kolchak wants!': military versus polity in White Siberia
    4. Inside Kolchakia: from 'a land of milk and honey' to 'the dictatorship of the whip'
    5. White débâcle
    6. White agony

  • Author

    Jonathan D. Smele, Queen Mary University of London

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