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October 2016, Issue 447 Lucy Hughes-Hallett on Angela Carter * Martin Vander Weyer on Alan Greenspan * Nicholas Roe on Thomas Hardy in London * Kevin Jackson on Kenneth Clark * Mary Kenny on British fascism * Harry Mount on Leigh Fermor's letters * Donald Rayfield on Stalin's attitude to science * Anne Somerset on powerful queens * Philip Parker on vikings in their own words * Giles Milton on John le Carré * Judith Vidal-Hall on Enver Hoxha * Patrick Scrivenor on our feline friends * Joan Smith on Rachel Cusk * Jude Cook on Paul Beatty *  and much, much more…

Douglas Smith

Setting the Wheels in Motion: Two Books on the Russian Revolution

The year 2016, the anteroom to the centenary of the Russian revolutions of 1917, has already brought us several books that, in various ways, speak to the epochal events that brought down a 300-year-old regime and ushered in the utopian experiment of the Soviet Union. Most notable of these are Simon Sebag Montefiore’s engrossing 'The Romanovs' and 'Historically Inevitable? Turning Points of the Russian Revolution', a collection of essays edited by Tony Brenton, a former British ambassador to Moscow. In 'Lenin on the Train', the distinguished historian Catherine Merridale provides one more look at this revolutionary year, retracing what she calls ‘a journey that changed the world’, the eight-day trek by rail and ferry in April 1917 undertaken by Lenin ... read more

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