By Lynne Ann Hartnett
This attractive biography tells the dramatic tale of a Russian noblewoman became innovative terrorist. Born in 1852 within the final years of serfdom, Vera Figner got here of age as Imperial Russian society used to be being rocked by means of the large upheaval that culminated within the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. at the beginning a champion of populist factors and women's larger schooling, Figner later grew to become a pacesetter of the terrorist social gathering the People's Will and was once an partner within the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. Drawing on huge archival examine and cautious examining of Figner's copious memoirs, Lynne Ann Hartnett unearths how Figner survived the Bolshevik revolution and Stalin's nice Purges and died a lionized innovative legend because the Nazis bore down on Moscow in 1942.
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