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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 today. This is appropriately for the subject matter a dense and heavy book how else could it be given the complexity of the Romanov dynastyHaving said that truth proves stranger even than fiction and it s a compelling real life soap opera from start to finish Think Dynasty crossed with Eastenders but with blood spilt power sought ambition thwarted and plotting Oh there s a lot of plottingI enjoyed it immensely but think it could have done with a bit of an edit to pare it back a bit

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The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Epic history on the grandest scale Game of Thronesseems like the proverbial vicar's tea party in comparison Financial 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. 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 the revolutionaries who put an end to the dynasty murdering Tsar Nicolas and his immediate family as well as other family members whose only threat was Lenin s own insecurity You will recognize some names that are still in Russian government today I will say only that if evil were genetic there would be little hope for the Russian people The lesson is simply that you may change a style of government but if you don t change the mindsets of the people governing the result will not be better This is a lesson for all nations You must read this book if you hope to understand modern Russia

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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 empire. 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 Russia without at the same time knowing something of what was happening in Europe and the Middle East But in general the prose if fluid full of details yet not overwhelmingly technical or for the scholar


11 thoughts on “The Romanovs: 1613-1918

  1. says:

    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

  2. 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 from Pete

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    The author does the best job he can to uncomplicate this incredibly complicated story. In Russian history it seems as though there mu

  5. 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 Russia without, at the same time, knowing something of what was happening in Europe and the Middle East. But in

  6. says:

    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 portra

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

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

  9. says:

    I think most people only know the 20th century part of Russia. The end of a so called tyrannical Tsar and the bru

  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 ba

  11. says:

    History can be stranger than fiction. This long narrative history is never dull. The author writes with masterly facility. Here we have a history of Russia because the Romanovs were no constitutional monarchy. What an extraordinary family they were! And what a tragic end to three hundred years.