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The Russian Civil War Hardcover – October 8, 1987
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Unfortunately, Mawdsley's book is out of print and seems to be hard to come by. However, a determined book search can locate a copy, or of course your local library can get a copy on interlibrary loan. I wish it was back in print.
Interestingly, the author essentially omits the American participation in the intervention at Arkhangelsk, but that is probably to be expected from a British author.
Somehow the reader is left with the feeling that he hasn't read enough to understand the dynamics of the Russian Civil War, other to realize that the Bolsheviks were better organized than the Whites, much more monolithically directed and coordinated, and that the control of Moscow and the heartland of Russia proved decisive for the Reds. That could have been done in half the space, but a comprehensive treatment would require a tome of over a thousand pages. Personally I would like to see the author produce that tome with numerous maps.
Potential readers should note, however, that it is clearly written for someone who wants to understand why Bolsheviks won and how they did it, and not a simple human interest story. For someone simply wanting an interesting read it would be dry. If you need to know about the Russian Civil War, however, this is your book.
I enjoyed the book listing five individual military operations by the White forces which were the most dramatic and threatening to the young Bolshevik government. These five operations were: 1.) the Volga Campaign of September of 1918 which came out of Siberia and resulted in the capture of the city of Kazan; 2.) the campaign around the city of Ufa carried out by Admiral Kolchak in the spring of 1919; 3.) General Denikin's offensive from the south in May and June of 1919; 4.) Denikin's offensive from the south in September and October of 1919; and 5.) the Polish invasion of Russia from the west from April until October of 1920. Breaking down the entire Civil War into these five dramatic operations was extremely helpful to me as I read other books on the Civil War.
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Overall a very good and well researched book. It kept my interest!Published on July 22, 2014 by Michael H. Welsch
I highly recommend this book for anyone learning or writing about the Russian Revolution or the Russian Civil War. This book is full of facts and references. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by srh2767
Professor Mawdsley has certainly done his homework, and the book is filled with splendid detail, so much so that one comes away from a reading of it with multiple new insights on... Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Phillip Parotti
The Russian Civil War, Evan Mawdsley; Pegasus Books (fuzz ball Manhattan outfit, republisher, 2007 edition; original publisher not listed, copyright 2005). Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Donald P. Reed
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I read this good book, here in Brazil.
This book book is really a good choice to learn, about the Russian Civil War. Read more