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Lenin on the train

Merridale, Catherine, 1959-2016
By 1917 the European war seemed to be endless. Both sides in the fighting looked to new weapons, tactics and ideas to break a stalemate that was itself destroying Europe. In the German government a small group of men had a brilliant idea: why not sow further confusion in an increasingly chaotic Russia by arranging for Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the most notorious of revolutionary extremists, currently safely bottled up in neutral Switzerland, to go home? Catherine Merridale recreates Lenin's extraordinary journey from harmless exile in Zurich, across a Germany falling to pieces from the war's deprivations, and northwards to the edge of Lapland to his eventual ecstatic reception by the revolutionary crowds at Petrograd's Finland Station.
Main title:
Lenin on the train / Catherine Merridale.
UK : Allen Lane, 2016.
xi, 354 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
9780241011324 (hbk. :)
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