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  1. says:

    Fascinating story The geneology gets a bit complex at times, but it certainly helps explain the Russian mindset that led them back to what is essentially an autocracy under Putin It was interesting to learn that the first tsar of the Romanov dynasty was very reluctant to accept the mantle of leadership when it was offered While the dynasty ended in blood and tragedy, it was also born during a period of blood and tragedy Apart fro

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    Human history is full of violence and ineptitude Nothing makes that clear than Mr Montefiore's examination of the Romanov dynasty This is a well researched, well documented, and well written volume that is essential to anyone interested in reading European history You will be amazed, astounded and disgusted (sorry, but there is no getting around it) by the machinations of the Romanov royal family It is only surpassed by the brutality of th

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    For those who like their history both interesting and readable, this is your book This author writes in a very journalistic, or even novel like, style, and it's easy to forget as you're reading that this is than a story Th

  4. says:

    This book is a must if you are into Russian history it tells the story of the Romanovs, since the first one to the fall of the dinasty It is definitely some heavy reading in some parts you have to think that you cannot understand Russ

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    I found Romanovs to be a very intriguing and enlightening read As my heritage (on my paternal grandfather's side) is Russian, I found the book extremely interesting, and I learned a history of this dynasty that I know I never would have learned otherwise Knowing how atheistically communistic the U.S.S.R and Russia have always been portrayed,

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    The author does the best job he can to uncomplicate this incredibly complicated story In Russian history it seems as though there must have been only a handful of names to choose from, so in this story there are multiple Alexanders, Peters, Nicholas's, Maries and Alexandras etc Makes it difficult to wrap your brain around, but fascinating nonetheless I could've done with about their personal lives and less ab

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    This is a sensational and dramatic account of the family that ruled Russia for 300 years, characterised by Simon Sebag Montefiore's lurid prose and blunt (and often humorous) commentary about a dysfunctional family successfully presiding over the expansion of an empire despite (and possibly because of) their ec

  8. says:

    This is, appropriately for the subject matter, a dense and heavy book how else could it be, given the complexity

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    I think most people only know the 20th century part of Russia The end of a so called tyrannical Tsar and the brutal October revolutionaries who took over to the current Kremlin incumbent The Romanovs were a major force of War and Politics for o

  10. says:

    Very broad in scope From an author who knows Russian history having written two books on Stalin He doesn’t dwell on each tsar or tsarina individually but provides enough background to each and most importantly each relevant family tree Some of them stood out as leaders like Catherine the Great and Peter the Great despite his barbaric approach to ruling He made Russia what is today Before him Russia had no navy Compare this to

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    The best history book I have ever read, goes into extraordinary depth whilst the clarity and novelistic style of Montefiore's writing

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S greatest empire And how did they lose it allThis is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas some touched by genius some by madness but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition Simon Sebag Montefiores gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empir. I found Romanovs to be a very intriguing and enlightening read As my heritage on my paternal grandfather s side is Russian I found the book extremely interesting and I learned a history of this dynasty that I know I never would have learned otherwise Knowing how atheistically communistic the USSR and Russia have always been portrayed I found it unusually interesting that the Romanov families appeared to be uite religious even to the point of being Christian That is a part of their history of which I was never aware I feel the author did an excellent job of explaining in great detail all the events happening in this entire family right up to the deaths of the final family members in 1918 The asterisked footnotes were extremely helpful in filling in a lot of the gaps regarding various events and characters who played major roles in the Romanov family history It was very obvious that the author did a great deal of historical research in putting this book together For anyone who is interested in this kind of history I would highly recommend this book for I don t feel anyone could go wrong in adding this historical account to his or her library

SUMMARY The Romanovs: 1613-1918

The Romanovs: 1613-1918

E building overshadowed by palace conspiracy family rivalries sexual decadence and wild extravaganceDrawing on new archival research Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and tragedy love and murder that is both a universal study of power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia tod. This is a sensational and dramatic account of the family that ruled Russia for 300 years characterised by Simon Sebag Montefiore s lurid prose and blunt and often humorous commentary about a dysfunctional family successfully presiding over the expansion of an empire despite and possibly because of their eccentric use of absolute power in the form of the last autocracy in Europe Gargantuan sexual appetites dangerous toadyism some extraordinary good luck and the advantages of geography and population pockmark this endlessly entertaining account That is up until the serious sombre Nicholas II when the tone of the book and the fate of the Romanovs darkens to their extinction with the book s bleak conclusion in a cellar in Ekaterinberg Montefiore doesn t spare the Romonovs in either their sexual escapades or their policy bungles but what is uniue about this family is how closely the two were linked and from time to time he pops up with a story showing how influential this was on future generations and leaders of Russia Their impulses took the largest country on earth in various risky directions until their luck ran out and the most sober of them in this account anyway led them to destruction by being that impossible contradiction in terms the weak autocratSections on Peter the Great whose life proved that gory is clearly an anagram of orgy and on the death of Potemkin lived on gold died on grass stick out in my mind as well as the distressing details of the final days of the Romanovs Autocracy had outlived its usefulness by then and Nicholas crimes are plain to see but it is difficult not to be moved by the cruelty of their fate at the hands of the Bolsheviks

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Epic history on the grandest scale Game of Thronesseems like the proverbial vicar's tea party in comparisonFinancial TimesThe Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times ruling a sixth of the worlds surface for three centuries How did one family turn a war ruined principality into the world. Fascinating story The geneology gets a bit complex at times but it certainly helps explain the Russian mindset that led them back to what is essentially an autocracy under Putin It was interesting to learn that the first tsar of the Romanov dynasty was very reluctant to accept the mantle of leadership when it was offered While the dynasty ended in blood and tragedy it was also born during a period of blood and tragedy Apart from Peter the Great Catherine the Great and Alexander II there was little to distinguish the other Romanov tsars in terms of improving the lot of their subjects during their respective reigns While the story of Nicholas II and Alexandra and the end of the dynasty has been told by many other authors I didn t realize until I read this book how much Nicholas contributed to his own demise and that of his family by the decisions he made during his time as tsar Probably wouldn lt have changed the course of history but it might have saved his life and that of his immediate and extended family