Lenin on the Train

Lenin on the Train

Book - 2017
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A gripping account of how, during the First World War, Russia's greatest revolutionary was taken in a sealed train across Europe and changed the history of the world. By 1917 the European war seemed to be endless. Both sides in the fighting looked to new weapons, tactics and ideas to break a stalemate that was itself destroying Europe. In the German government a small group of men had a brilliant idea: why not sow further confusion in an increasingly chaotic Russia by arranging for Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the most notorious of revolutionary extremists, currently safely bottled up in neutral Switzerland, to go home. This account recreates the extraordinary journey, from harmless exile in Zurich, across a Germany falling to pieces from the war's deprivations, and northwards to the edge of Lapland to his eventual ecstatic reception by the revolutionary crowds at Petrograd's Finland Station.
Publisher: 2016. ,
London : 2017. Penguin Books,
ISBN: 9780141979946
Branch Call Number: ANF 947.0841092 MERR
Characteristics: xi, 353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 20 cm


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multcolib_susannel Oct 16, 2017

After all the double agents are done it is amazing the train carried Lenin anywhere at all!
Author made good use of recently opened Russian archive.

Aug 17, 2017

Here's how the world really turns. If you want to know how revolutions begin and the kinds of mayhem we are experiencing right here under the Trump administration, start with Lenin right here on page one. Too heavy to read in bed there's a lot of background information in "Train" but worth staying up to read. A graduate seminar on any political movement.

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