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The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution

The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution

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This engaging biography tells the dramatic story of a Russian noblewoman turned revolutionary terrorist. Born in 1852 in the last years of serfdom, Vera Figner came of age as Imperial Russian society was being rocked by the massive upheaval that culminated in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. At first a champion of populist causes and women's higher education, Figner later became a leader of the terrorist party the People's Will and was an accomplice in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. Drawing on extensive archival research and careful reading of Figner's copious memoirs, Lynne Ann Hartnett reveals how Figner survived the Bolshevik revolution and Stalin's Great Purges and died a lionized revolutionary legend as the Nazis bore down on Moscow in 1942.

Author: Lynne Ann Hartnett
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 06/06/2014
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.37lbs
Size: 9.22h x 6.32w x 1.22d
ISBN: 9780253012845

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 03/03/2014
Choice 01/01/2015 pg. 871

About the Author

Lynne Ann Hartnett is Assistant Professor of History and Director of Russian Area Studies at Villanova University.

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