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Released: 2012-10-02

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Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith


Epic in scope, precise in detail, and center-breaking in its human drama, Former people is the first guide to recount the historical past of nobility caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of Stalin’s Russia. full of chilling stories of looted palaces and burning estates, of determined flights in the evening from marauding peasants and crimson military squaddies, of imprisonment, exile, and execution, it is the story of the way a centuries’-old elite, well-known for its glittering wealth, its carrier to the Tsar and Empire, and its advertising of the arts and culture, used to be dispossessed and destroyed at the side of the rest of old Russia.

yet Former people is also a story of survival and accommodation, of the way the various tsarist ruling elegance—so-known as “former folks” and “elegance enemies”—overcame the psychological wounds inflicted through the lack of their global and decades of repression as they struggled to discover a place for themselves and their families in the new, hostile order of the Soviet Union. Chronicling the fate of 2 great aristocratic families—the Sheremetevs and the Golitsyns—it finds how even in the darkest depths of the terror, day by day life went on.

Told with sensitivity and nuance through acclaimed historian Douglas Smith, Former people is the dramatic portrait of 2 of Russia’s most powerful aristocratic families, and a sweeping account of their hometown in violent transition.

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