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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Marie Valerie on January 03, 2016, 11:02:45 AM

Title: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Marie Valerie on January 03, 2016, 11:02:45 AM
New Year, new Books:


Zeepvat, Charlotte/Rosvall, Ted - Maria Pavlovna 1890-1958 (Feb 2016)

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The Romanovs: 1613-1918 - Simon Sebag Montefiore (Jan 2016)

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Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on April 16, 2016, 01:55:21 PM
Now this looks interesting!

Russian Splendor: Sumptuous Fashions of the Russian Court

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A stunning volume showcasing the magnificent court dress of the Russian Empire, culled from the authoritative collection at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, photographed with the Winter Palace as a backdrop. Prerevolutionary Russia was renowned for the glamorous and luxurious lifestyles of the nobility, with their opulent palaces and glittering social life. Now, this lavish volume reveals the incredible clothing they wore, from everyday dress and ceremonial attire (traditional holidays outfits and military uniforms) to dress for special occasions, including elaborate evening wear for theater and musical events and fancy masquerade balls. Celebrated for luxurious materials and impeccable craftsmanship, the dress of the Russian nobility was haute couture at its finest. With beautiful photography and details highlighting the hand-spun silks and lace and jeweled embroideries, Russian Splendor highlights the glamour of this gilded age and offers a fascinating window into a vanished world. Essays by Hermitage Museum curators, alongside historic Russian paintings and photographs, place the clothing in a historical context, revealing the rich cultural layers and artistic influences of czarist Russia.

http://www.amazon.com/Russian-Splendor-Sumptuous-Fashions-Court/dp/0847849465/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460832781&sr=1-5&keywords=at+the+russian+court
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Maria Sisi on April 17, 2016, 05:20:26 PM
That looks AMAZING!!!!

Although I'm crying in despair over that price tag, ouch!
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on May 07, 2016, 11:01:19 AM
The Maria Pavlovna book is pushed back yet again.... to SEPTEMBER. Come on.. it has been over a year since it was supposed to come out! I am getting slightly depressed over here, because I am really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Romanov_Fan19 on June 14, 2016, 04:37:14 PM
Im  getting THE ROMANOVS  1613 TO 1918  BY Simon Sebag Montifore   any good
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on June 15, 2016, 09:06:01 AM
Im  getting THE ROMANOVS  1613 TO 1918  BY Simon Sebag Montifore   any good

Currently reading it. It is well organized and well written IMO, but do not expect too much depth to any of the characters presented. it is more of an overview of two things: who had the power and who had an affair. Still I think the book is worth the money. I am quite enjoying it.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on June 17, 2016, 03:36:25 PM
Montefiore was on cspan's Q&A talking about the Romanovs ect. for those interested.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: AGRBear on June 17, 2016, 05:46:42 PM
What is known about the author Simon Sebag Montefiore?
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on June 18, 2016, 02:40:49 AM
What is known about the author Simon Sebag Montefiore?


Quite a lot. Here is his Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Sebag_Montefiore
The Romanovs is not his first book that I´ve hear of, but it is the first I bought.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Rodney_G. on June 19, 2016, 05:43:20 PM
What is known about the author Simon Sebag Montefiore?


Though I read them some years ago, I recall his books on Stalin were mighty good.

ps. Can that be you , Bear? It seems you've been on 'hiatus' a while.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Romanov_Fan19 on June 20, 2016, 04:00:09 PM
Love the book
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: amelia on June 20, 2016, 04:51:03 PM
He took info from my book FANNY LEAR LOVE AND SCANDAL IN TSARIST RUSSIA, and gracuously send me copy of his book, which I shall start reading soon.

Eva McDonald
(Amelia)
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on June 26, 2016, 01:14:03 PM
A new book on Rasputin and the end of the dynasty is to come out in November 2016. The author is Douglas Smith, who previously wrote the marvelous "Former People".

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rasputin-douglas-smith/1123238773?ean=9780374240844#productInfoTabs
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on August 13, 2016, 03:24:16 AM
New book by Helen Rappaport

Caught in the revolution


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One of our favorite authors will publish a new book in August (2016): "A gripping, vivid, deeply researched chronicle of the Russian Revolution told through the eyes of a surprising, flamboyant cast of foreigners in Petrograd, superbly narrated by Helen Rappaport." (Simon Sebag Montefiore (Author, The Romanovs)). Caught in the Revolution is Helen Rappaport's masterful telling of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution through eye-witness accounts left by foreign nationals who saw the drama unfold. Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin's Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil - felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt where the foreign visitors and diplomats who filled hotels, clubs, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows. Among this disparate group were journalists, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the Titanic; to the black valet of the US Ambassador, far from his native Deep South; to suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who had come to Petrograd to inspect the indomitable Women's Death Battalion led by Maria Bochkareva. Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry us right up to the action - to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened to a diverse group of individuals who suddenly felt themselves trapped in a 'red madhouse.' Hardback, 448 pages size 240 x 156 mm, in English.

http://www.hoogstraten.nl/theshop/product_info.php?products_id=885
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 15, 2016, 03:21:24 PM
The Black valet mentioned is named Philip Jordan there are brief mentions of him in the books "The Russian Revolution" Alan Moorehead and "Russia Leaves the War" George F Kennan. I think there is an article on him in a old issue of American Heritage magazine.

I just finished with the book "Former People" a fine book. The only grip I have is he didn't use LDR as a source.

I also recently sort of flipped through the last chapters of "The Romanovs" by SS Montefiore good book that could have been better should have used Moe's and Nelpa's books on Rasputin. Also should have used Nelpa's book on Alexander III

mistakes:
page 539 Standart was converted to a minelayer not minesweeper
Page 577 Nicholas in a Field marshalls uniform when he never wore anything but a Colonels uniform
page 643 Alexei having a accident sliding down the stairs at Tobolsk didn't happen his last hemophila attack was do to coughing.
page 470 has Alexander holding up the roof of the train which according to Nelpa's Alexander III book didn't happen during the train wreck

Note I have read the authors books on "Stalin Court of the Red Tsar" and Young Stalin" and found them both to be fine books
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: NicolasG on August 16, 2016, 04:14:29 AM
The Black valet mentioned is named Philip Jordan there are brief mentions of him in the books "The Russian Revolution" Alan Moorehead and "Russia Leaves the War" George F Kennan. I think there is an article on him in a old issue of American Heritage magazine.

I just finished with the book "Former People" a fine book. The only grip I have is he didn't use LDR as a source.

I also recently sort of flipped through the last chapters of "The Romanovs" by SS Montefiore good book that could have been better should have used Moe's and Nelpa's books on Rasputin. Also should have used Nelpa's book on Alexander III

mistakes:
page 539 Standart was converted to a minelayer not minesweeper
Page 577 Nicholas in a Field marshalls uniform when he never wore anything but a Colonels uniform
page 643 Alexei having a accident sliding down the stairs at Tobolsk didn't happen his last hemophila attack was do to coughing.
page 470 has Alexander holding up the roof of the train which according to Nelpa's Alexander III book didn't happen during the train wreck

Note I have read the authors books on "Stalin Court of the Red Tsar" and Young Stalin" and found them both to be fine books

What is your source for Alexei last hemophilia attack caused by coughing? I remember reading in Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra the version about the accident sliding down the stairs.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 21, 2016, 07:32:45 PM
Alexandra's 1918 diary which Massie had published mentions coughing as does Buxhoeveden's bio of AF which is on this site in the chapter on Tobolsk. The sled incident is from a book by Tatania Botkina according to the book "N&A"
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on August 22, 2016, 03:33:40 AM
Russia's Last Gasp : The Eastern Front 1916-17

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by Prit Buttar


In Russia's Last Gasp, Prit Buttar looks at one of the bloodiest campaigns launched in the history of warfare - the Brusilov Offensive, sometimes known as the June Advance. The assault was intended to ease the pressure on Russia's British and French allies by diverting German troops from the Western Front and knocking Austria-Hungary out of the war. Russia's dismal military performance in the preceding years was forgotten, as the Brusilov Offensive was quickly characterised by innovative tactics, including the use of shock troops, a strategy that German armies would later adapt to great effect. Drawing on first-hand accounts and detailed archival research this is a dramatic retelling of the final years of the war on the Eastern Front, in which the Russian Army claimed military success but at a terrible cost.


http://www.bookdepository.com/Russias-Last-Gasp-Prit-Buttar/9781472812766
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on August 23, 2016, 05:20:37 AM
OK... so the Maria Pavlovna book is AGAIN pushed.... this time to November.... *resigned sigh*
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on August 23, 2016, 05:22:21 AM
Anna Pavlovna (1795-1865) - Exhibition Catalogue

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Museum Palace Het Loo presents "Anna Pavlovna, a colourful queen" A large exhibition about one of the most colourful princesses in The Netherlands. The exhibition has many of her valuables which have never been shown in public, including jewelry, dinnerware and furniture. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Anna Pavlovna (1795-1865), sister of the Russian tsar, with married the future King William II and came to the Netherlands. The arrival of the Russian Grand Duchess to this tiny country made a stir; beautiful court dresses with gold and furs and precious jewels, it is a remarkable appearance to the austere Protestant court of the House of Orange. From Russia she brings along her own cooks, furniture and even a complete Russian Orthodox Church equipment, including priests and singers. Streets, squares and even a village is named after this colourful Romanov. The exhibition catalog: 23x28 cm, 128 pages, 100 color illustrations, hardcover, only available in Dutch.

http://www.hoogstraten.nl/theshop/product_info.php?products_id=897
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 23, 2016, 03:58:47 PM
I've read Buttar's book "Collision of Empires" which was fine I hope "Russia's Last Gasp" is as good

Nicholas Diary also state that Alexei got whooping cough no mention of any sort of accident.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Marie Valerie on August 26, 2016, 04:07:52 PM
There is also a new german book about Miechen.

Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Marie Valerie on August 31, 2016, 01:22:55 PM
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Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on September 03, 2016, 06:04:11 AM
The Last of the Tsars : Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution
by Robert Service

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In February 1917, Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, abdicated and the dynasty that had ruled an empire for three hundred years was forced from power by revolution. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of that revolution, the eminent historian of Russia, Robert Service examines Nicholas's reign in the year before his abdication and the months between that momentous date and his death, with his family, in Ekaterinburg in July 1918. The story has been told many times, but Service's profound understanding of the period and his forensic examination of hitherto untapped sources, including the Tsar's diaries and recorded conversations, shed remarkable new light on his reign, also revealing the kind of ruler Nicholas believed himself to have been, contrary to the disastrous reality. Last of the Tsars is a masterful study of a man who was almost entirely out of his depth, perhaps even wilfully so. It is also a compelling account of the social, economic and political foment in Russia in the aftermath of Alexander Kerensky's February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917 and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet republic.

http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Last-of-the-Tsars-Robert-Service/9781447293095?ref=grid-view
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on September 03, 2016, 06:05:55 AM
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I sure hope this is better than the one by Galina Korneva, which was strictly average. Pity I don´t know much German though...
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: Ally Kumari on October 20, 2016, 07:58:54 AM
Fabritsky, S - Of bygone days

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For the first time translated into English the memoirs of Rear Admiral Semyon Semyonovich Fabritsky, Aide-de-Camp to the Emperor Nicholas II "The time I spent with Their Majesties - over the course of many years and under varied circumstances - will always be the source of my most precious memories, and I am very happy to be able to share those memories now with a wide public. I hope at least to give an absolutely truthful account of what I saw and heard" - Semyon S. Fabritsky Semyon Semyonovich Fabritsky (1874-1941) had a fascinating career during the twilight years of Imperial Russia. He began his naval career in the very first days of the reign of Emperor Nicholas II. He was later personally appointed Flügel-Adjutant by the Emperor himself, a position he served with immense pride and devotion. During his service to Nicholas II, Fabritsky earned both the trust and friendship of the Emperor. Through his often uninterrupted contact with Russia’s last sovereign and observing him at all hours and under a variety of conditions, Fabritsky was able to form a clear picture of Nicholas II and his family, through his own personal eye-witness observations. He also served aboard the Imperial yachts, partaking in holidays with the Emperor and his family to the Crimea and the Finnish skerries. He shares interesting details and anecdotes about the Polar Star, Alexandria, and Standart. Fabritsky provides great insight to the treachery, cowardice, and deceit which prevailed every where. He acknowledges ministers and generals who were either unworthy of their posts or unfit for them. Sadly, it was these men which surrounded Nicholas II during his twenty-two and a half year reign, who contributed to the downfall of monarchy and the destruction of the Russian Empire in 1917. paperback edition, 192 pages, illustrated, in English.

http://www.hoogstraten.nl/theshop/product_info.php?cPath=21_22_42&products_id=906
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: TimM on October 21, 2016, 06:22:17 AM
Thanks for the info on the new books.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on November 30, 2017, 09:56:50 PM
I glanced through a copy of " Caught in The Revolution" by Helen R found it good reading and will read it all one day. The Wall Street Journal also gave it good reviews. I have found a flaw in it one of the sources is "One Man's War" by Bert Hall. Blaine Pradoe wrote a bio of this man "The bad Boy Bert Hall" which states hall DID NOT write this book. He handed his diaries and some notes to John Jacob Miles and left for China. Niles wrote a heavily fictionalized auto-biography of Hall with out any input from him and published the book without halls knowledge or consent. Hall later embraced the book as fact because he needed money. historians and others have wondered why this book is so different from his other book "En L'air" written by him in 1918 which is also somewhat fictionalized. Note: both books are online.
Pradoe did a presitation on on this book at a league of WW I aviation Historians seminar called "The Bad Boy Bert Hall" which is on youtube and rather interesting and sometimes funny. I was there. Lets just say Hall was one rather interesting scoundrel. The book "The Bad Boy Bert hall is on amazon.com I got a copy by ILL.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 15, 2018, 08:49:05 PM
Philip Jordan mentioned in the book "Caught in the Revolution" there is an article on him in History today magazine march 1978 with more quotes from him.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on August 20, 2018, 05:59:44 PM
Some other errata for the book "Caught in the Revolution" Some of the memoirs writers talk of police machine guns firing on crowds. This is one of the urban legends of the Feb/mar 1917 revolution. After this event the Provisional government held an investigation questioning ex-Minister of the  Interior Protopopov and War Minister Beliaev and many others and found there were no police machine gun detachments. An inventory of all the machine guns in the Petrograd area was done and they all belonged to army units. If any machine guns were on roof tops they were put there by Guards regiments. The rumors of police machine guns came about because Duma President Rodzianko accused Protopopov of diverting machine guns sent from England to police units to quell expected domestic disturbances. This is from the book "The End of the Russia Imperial Army" Allen Wildmen

There is a presentation on "Caught in the Revolution" by the Author on Youtube.com just look up her name and the title of the book
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on November 25, 2018, 05:51:40 PM
I just finished reading a little while ago the Rasputin book by Douglas Smith. It is a very impressive work uses some ground breaking historical research. It is longer and a slightly more difficult to read book than the works by Roe and Nelpa on Rasputin. There are some flaws with it:

page 136 has Count (later baron) Fredricks real baron (later Count) Fredricks

page 409 the Russians by the spring of 1915 suffered 3.8 million casualties real the Russians suffered in 1914-15 3.8 million casualties.

page 422 "After days of intense fighting on 4 August the fortress of Kaunas in Lithuania, vital for Russia's western defenses, fell to the Germans. The Russians suffered approximately 20,000 casualties and the loss of considerable weaponry. The Russian commader Vladimir Grigoriev, was relived of his duties, put on trial and sentenced to 15 years in prison."

real Kanuas then named Kovno was a outdated fortress which should not have been held but was too imposing to be abandoned. General Grigoriev the commander was aged nearly 70 who was a incompetent who believed the Germans could not be defeated. The garrison was mostly made up of mostly second-line troops and territorials. The Germans brought up all sorts of heavy artillery including 42cm and 30.5cm siege guns. After a inept defense where one Russian fort fired on another still held by the Russians the garrison panicked and fled along with General Grigoriev who was later arrested by the Gendarmes and sentenced to 15 years in jail. As for the 20,000 casualties I would say most or all were prisoners of war. Considerable weaponry was captured.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on November 25, 2018, 05:58:14 PM
Grand Duke Nicholas N's the army commanders reaction: "Kovno has been surrendered without a fight. The commandant has abandoned the fortress and run away somewhere. The fortress troops have fled. The army is retreating. What more can one do in such a situation? It's awful, awful."

page 657 "Anastasia just 16 at the time of his murder" real she was 15

Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 02, 2018, 04:30:39 PM
archive.org has MG Alfred Knox book "With the Russian Army 1914-1917 volume 1 pages 325-8 has a account of the defense of Kovno. It appears that many of the troops were recently called up , had little or no training, some didn't even have rifles. It was captured in 48 hours of serious attack
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 02, 2018, 04:47:30 PM
Who is the real Lili
In his book on Rasputin Doug Smith in the famous 8 march 1914 group photo of Rasputin's apartment reply 133 in the Rasputin photo post has Julia Lili von Dehn standing in the doorway in white. The book the Rasputin File has her in the plumed bonnet standing next to the woman in white. This is the photo of her in her wiki bio. Can any one id the real Lili? there should be other pictures of her out there.
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on December 10, 2018, 09:59:08 PM
page 525 has some Russian blaming Rasputin for helping to stop the Brussilov offensive. Looking through "Austria-Hungary's Last War 1914-1918 Volume 5 pages 130-249  and 340-426 this looks like a really good idea. The Russians were taking heavy casualties for slight gains. There are also reports of trouble in the ranks:

p175 Russian troops "driven forward with blows from whips"
p207 "driven forward with blows"
p387 "Russian artillery firing into their own trenches to force the infantry to advance"
p412 "driven forward by shots from their own batteries"
p415 The Tsar wants to end the offensive 5-6 October but the South-West front still has plenty of reserves and the attacks continue.
p437 instances of refusal to obey orders and outright mutiny in the 4th rifle Division 20th Infantry division and even some Guards regiments
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on January 19, 2019, 09:00:50 PM
Another minor gaff I found in the book "Caught in the Revolution" page 235 cavalry carbine 5 pounds lighter than the infantry rifle issued to the women's battalion
M-1891 rifle 9.6 lbs 51.37 inches long 5 ft 5 1/2 inches with bayonet
 M-1891 Dragoon rifle 8.75 lbs  48.75 inches long 5ft 3 inches with bayonet
M-1907 Cavalry Carbine 7.5 lbs 40 inches long could not mount a bayonet

The pictures and film clips of the 1st Women's Battalion all have them carrying rifles with bayonets

note: I have handled and fired the M-1891/30 rifle it has a noticeable recoil and has a rather awkward to operate bolt
Title: Re: Upcoming Books 2016
Post by: JamesAPrattIII on February 27, 2019, 02:49:46 PM
Note Douglas Smith has presentations on his book on Rasputin on youtube