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Author Smith, Douglas, 1962-
Title Former people : the final days of the Russian aristocracy / Douglas Smith.
Published New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
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 Floor3  HT653.S65 S65 2012    IN LIBRARY
Edition First edition.
Description xvii, 464 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 416-435) and index.
Contents Before the deluge. Russia, 1900 ; The Sheremetevs ; The Golitsyns ; The last dance -- 1917. The fall of the Romanovs ; A country of mutinous slaves ; The bolshevik coup -- Civil war. Expropriating the expropriators ; The corner house ; Spa town hall ; Bogoroditsk ; Doctor Golitsyn ; Exodus -- NEP. School of life ; Noble remains ; The foxtrot affair ; Virtue in rags -- Stalin's Russia. The great break ; The death of Parnassus ; Outcasts ; The mouse, the kerosene, and the match ; Anna's fortune ; Happy times ; Poisonous snakes and the avenging sword: operation "former people" ; The great terror ; War: the end.
Summary Examines the fate of two Russian aristocratic families in a detailed account of the Bolshevik Revolution's effect on the upper class, discussing the relentless lootings, harrowing escapes, humbling exile and imprisonment, and summary executions that took place during this violent time of transition.
Subject Aristocracy (Social class) -- Soviet Union.
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Russia -- History -- 20th century.
Sheremetev family -- History -- 20th century.
Goli︠t︡syn family -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780374157616 (alk. paper)
0374157618 (alk. paper)
OCLC number 777327422