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The Russian Civil War 1918-22 (Guide To...) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David Bullock
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"David Bullock's The Russian Civil War covers one of the most important wars of the 20th century, showing how it changed the lives of over half a billion people and discussing the Russian Civil War in context of the larger shaping of Europe as a whole. Any library strong in Russian history needs this." -The Bookwatch (February 2009)


The Russian Civil War is the most important civil war of the 20th century, changing the lives of over half a billion people and dramatically shaping the geography of Europe, the Far East and Asia. Over a four-year period 20 countries battled in a crucible that would give birth to Communist revolutions worldwide and the Cold War.

David Bullock offers a fresh perspective on this conflict, examining the forces involved, as well as the fascinating intervention by Allied forces. At the dawn of modern war, as cavalry duelled with tanks, aircraft, and armoured trains along shifting fronts, this title tells a military story enacted against a backdrop of political and social revolution and within the context of immense human loss.

The Osprey Guide To... series is a reworking of the popular Essential Histories series, now available as non-illustrated eBooks at a fantastic low price.

The maps and text remain the same, giving a strong historical overview of some of the most important conflicts and theatres of war from the ancient world through to modern times.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 144 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Osprey Publishing (4. Juni 2014)
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Von Prutkow
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Einen Punkt gibt es nicht, weil man einen zumindest geben muss, sondern weil es Osprey ist, ein Verlag der viele hervorragende Bücher herausgibt.
Aber nicht dieses. Der Text ist teils unredigiert, teils klingt er wie als würde ein Russe mit minderen Englischkenntnissen reden (Hollywood-Style!). Auf den Karten sind Schreibfehler. Nur das Design des Buches ist gewohnt erstklassig. Aber das Geld dafür sollte man eher woanders investieren.
Um sich wirklich gut zu informieren über den Russischen Bürgerkrieg, sollte man zu den beiden Osprey Men-at-Arms-Titeln "The Russian Civil War" greifen, dazu die zwei Titel "Armoured Units of the Russian Civil War", Nik Cornish's Osprey-Titel "The Russian Army 1914-1918" und aus der Reihe Images of War sein "The Russian Revolution". Und dann unbedingt Evan Mawdsleys überragendes "The Russian Civil War".

This book receives one point not for having to give at least one point but for it coming from osprey, a publishing house that has brought us a great many brillant books. This here is not among them.
The text is in great need of being edited - sometimes it appears as if a Russian was speaking in halting English, Hollywood-style! There are also misprint on the maps. The design is very sleak.
You'd better invest your money elsewhere. As for example: Osprey two Men-at-Arms titles "The Russian Civil War" plus the two titles "Armoured units of the Russian Civil War". Add to that Nik Cornish's Osprey title "The Russian Army 1914-1918" plus his title "The Russian Revolution" from the series Images of War. Then get Evan Mawdsley's magisterial "The Russian Civil War" and you won't need any other books on the subject any more.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Offers the White, Green and Black Perspective on the Russian Civil War 3. Februar 2009
Von R. A Forczyk - Veröffentlicht auf
For readers accustomed to reading accounts of the Russian Civil War based upon Communist sources, Dr. David Bullock's recent volume on that conflict in Osprey's Essential Histories series may come as something of a shock. Not only did the White armies actually have superior quality cavalry and demonstrate an amazing battlefield superiority over their Bolshevik opponents in the early days of the war, but most were not monarchists. Furthermore, Dr. Bullock points out that the war was more complex than the simple dichotomy of White versus Red that is normally presented and the anarchist and ethnic-based armies played a large role in the conflict. This volume is enhanced by the author's extensive research, contacts and travel in the former Soviet Union and the information he delivers goes well beyond most of the standard history texts. However, readers should be aware that the author does incline a bit toward the White perspective and does not always fully credit Bolshevik successes. Nonetheless, this is a far-more balanced summary of the Russian Civil War than has been heretofore available and it serves admirably as either introduction or quick reference to the subject.

The author begins with a brief introduction that describes the fall of the Romanov Dynasty in February 1917 and the October Revolution that brought Lenin to power. It also includes a useful 5-page chronology. The author then walks through the various competing factions in the 7-page "An Empire Divided" section, which is succinct but well written. Much of the narrative is then divided into sequential chapters that cover the fighting in 1918, 1919 and then 1920-22. Eight maps are included to support the text. The campaign descriptions are brief but often insightful and the author notes that the Reds generally had superior numbers and operated from a central position based around Moscow, while the Whites had superior quality but operated on the peripheries. Allied interventions and the role of the Czech legion are also discussed in their own chapter. As a military history, this volume succeeds in laying out the basic flow of operations and why the Reds eventually won. However, given that social and economic mobilization were key factors for both sides in a civil war, a bit more attention might have been given to how each side created its military power.

There are also other chapters on the role of women in the civil war and a very interesting chapter on the Black Guards. As the author notes, "one of the most remarkable chapters in the history of guerrilla warfare was written in the Ukraine from 1918 to 1921." He details the tactical successes of the anarchist Makhno Movement against both Reds and Whites. The final sections deal with how the war ended in a victory for the Bolsheviks and the legacy of the civil war on Twentieth Century history. Occasionally, this volume betrays a certain sloppiness in editing, such as narrating a particular subject such as Yudenich's advance on Petrograd then repeating it again several pages later, as if paragraphs were moved around haphazardly. Also, the lack of a bibliography or any notes on sources used is a major omission, since this author clearly took the time to do some research. Overall, this is one of the better volumes in the EH series and it could have been near perfect with a bit more tweaking.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Shallow -- not much more than a glorified chronology 16. November 2009
Von R. C. Schmults - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you are looking for a good overview of the Russian Civil war this probably isn't in. This volume is spare with little more than the most general overview of the campaigns. Despite attempts at deeper dives in a couple of subject area (e.g., the role of Women in the Civil War), this book is mostly about "when" things happened, with only the barest description of "what" and nothing at all on "how." How did Trotsky rework the Red forces? The book lets you know he did this but nothing on what was by all accounts a critical component of the Red success. How did the White forces first come together? They essentially spring up and start fighting in this book. Readers may be aware that the Ukraine was a major battle ground during this period. But it merits only a few paragraphs in this book. Key commanders get only the barest of introductions -- their birth and WWI decorations being apparently all that is necessary to convey.

Since the author apparently interviewed veterans of the Civil War, you have to assume he has some background in the subject. But almost nothing from these interviews or any other source material seems to have made it through to the book.

If you are looking for a quick read to get a general sense of the Russian Civil War, then this book is a good fit. If you are really interested in the topic and want to get an understanding of what happened and why, you will need to look elsewhere.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good but not great 9. März 2010
Von James D. Crabtree - Veröffentlicht auf
This book attempts to follow the Russian Civil War which broke out in 1918 following the Bolshevik takeover of the Russian provisional government. This subject is not an easy one, as there were two important factions (the Whites and the Reds), several smaller groups (the Greens and Blacks) and foreign interventionists involved in the war at one time or another. As a result of internal and external considerations the Russian Civil war saw fighting on many different fronts which ebbed forward and backwards depending on the fortunes of war and the interventions from outside countries. David Bullock does a credible job of putting all this together in a way that is understandable, but there are points in the text in which things are explained more than once. At other times entities or states (such as the Far Eastern Republic) are discussed but never explained. Maps are available throughout the book, but specialized maps of specific campaigns which would have made the action easier to understand are (with few exceptions) lacking. The illustrations are excellent, consisting as they do of period photographs and artwork. In all, the effort and material put into this book make it a good addition for anyone studying WWI or the Russian Civil War.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most understandable overview of this period, highly recommended 31. Mai 2010
Von William R. Thomas - Veröffentlicht auf
***** (5) stars "The most understandable overview of this period, highly recommended"
This book is part of the Essential History Series and therefore follows a format established by the editors. All other books in this series have been published at 100 pages, but interestingly, this volume clocks in at 150 pages, a 50% expansion from the others in the series and is therefore unique. No doubt this expansion became necessary due to the sheer immensity of the subject.
There are 100 photos and color period artwork, most of which I have not seen before, and these alone are worth the small price for the book. Moreover, there are eight maps in color, in fact, the only color maps I have seen on this subject.
The author does not get mired down in the Revolution, but explains it, then moves directly into the civil war itself. Clearly, he admires the military prowess of several of the Whites units, but this was historical fact. On the other hand, he also offers the finest single treatise on the military abilities of the Anarchists that I have seen. The section on women in the civil war I have never seen anywhere, and this was a particular delight.
Far from being a chronology, I tried comparing several of my books to specific passages in Dr. Bullock's work and discovered that almost every paragraph has been constructed from a synthesis of information from many sources. Yet, I found the language clear and the narrative extremely understandable. A lot more has gone into this book than meets the eye.
If you read this book in a hurry you will miss the real "politics" underneath. Clearly, the author is neither communist nor Tsarist. Recognizing that the Red Soviet regime was the most brutal in human history in terms of the millions killed in the name of "progress" (although the record of communist China has yet to be revealed), the author is correct in not falling into line with many works of the past that have proclaimed this sacrifice as necessary and good.
I understood that (underlying the author's treatment of material) he believes that a European-style parliamentarian system, a Russian Duma, would have been the best final outcome, what Russia finally received after the fall of the Iron Curtain. He seems to have sympathy with the emergent nationalist states, the Socialist-Revolutionaries, the Kronstadt sailors, the Antonov Rebellion, the plight of Ukraine, and of course with the Whites who espoused parliamentarian reform. This book is not the same old, tired diatribe of the Marxist "Old Guard."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Quick View on the RCW 5. März 2009
Von David Bustillos - Veröffentlicht auf
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Really good over view on the Russian Civil war. If you are just starting to learn then this is a good book on the subject. it gives you the basics of it and it will lead you to want more on the subject. Great pictures.
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