Russian Revolution of 1917: The Essential Reference Guide

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Russian Revolution of 1917: The Essential Reference Guide


Hudson, Chris G., Reference & User Services Quarterly


Russian Revolution of 1917: The Essential Reference Guide. Edited by Sean N. Kalic and Gates M. Brown. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2017. 257 pages. Acid-free $75.20 (ISBN 978-1-4408-5092-9). E-book available (978-1-44085093-6), call for pricing.

Kalic and Brown's Russian Revolution of 1917 was one of a handful of works published last year undoubtedly to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the historic event which it considers. Anyone familiar with "Essential Reference Guides" from ABC-CLIO will find this relatively nimble tome (only 257 pages) to be another reliable entry in the series. Sandwiched between three introductory overview essays and an assorted collection of over twenty English translated letters, correspondences, and other assorted primary source materials are the main ingredients of nearly one hundred traditional A--Z subject entries.

The book is predominantly informed by a US post-war perspective, as indicated by such hallmarks as referring to the October Revolution as "really a coup d'etat" (109). The fact that Woodrow Wilson's entry is longer than Bukharin's, Trotsky's, and nearly even Lenin's is perhaps also unsurprising given that the primary editors both have affiliations with the US Army Command and General Staff College. As such, one looking for an ideological counterpart from last year's aforementioned crop might consider Neil Faulkner's A People's History of the Russian Revolution (Pluto Press, 2017). …

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