Friday book # 27: White Siberia

This week’s book examines the politics of the White movement in Siberia during the Russian Civil War. Author N.G.O. Pereira concludes with the words:

Nothing could be a better indication of the total reversal in values and judgements since 1985 than that Kolchak, portrayed for decades as the worst of the White bandits, is now depicted as the gallant and chivalrous knight who died a martyr-patriot, fulfilling his officer’s oath to a great and restored rodina (homeland). The truth, once again, lies somewhere between the two extremes.

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2 thoughts on “Friday book # 27: White Siberia”

    1. The two books are very similar, and cover the same ground. The main difference is that Smele’s is twice as long. There isn’t much to choose between them. Which you read is largely a matter of how much detail you want. Incidentally, Smele was the external examiner at my doctoral exam.

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