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Author Smith, Douglas, 1962-
Title Former people : the final days of the Russian aristocracy / Douglas Smith
Publisher New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
 Rodman Main Adult  305.52 S645    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed
Descript xvii, 464 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps, geneal. table ; 24 cm
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index
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 tookplace during this violent time of transition
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 hell ; Bogoroditsk ; Doctor Golitsyn ; Exodus -- NEP. School of life ; Noble remains ; The Fox-trot 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
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

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