Russia in War and Revolution: The Memoirs of Fyodor Sergeyevich Olferieff

Russia in War and Revolution: The Memoirs of Fyodor Sergeyevich Olferieff

Russia in War and Revolution: The Memoirs of Fyodor Sergeyevich Olferieff

Russia in War and Revolution: The Memoirs of Fyodor Sergeyevich Olferieff


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Fyodor Sergeyevich Olferieff (1885–1971) led a remarkable life in the shadows of history. This book presents his memoirs for the first time, translated and annotated by his granddaughter Tanya A. Cameron. Born into a noble family, Olferieff was a Russian career military officer who observed firsthand key events of the early twentieth century, including the 1905–7 revolution, the Great War, the collapse of the imperial state, and the civil wars in Ukraine and Crimea.

Olferieff wrestles with moral and political questions, wondering whether his own advantages could be justified—and whether, if born a peasant, he might have thrown himself into the revolution. As Gary Hamburg writes in an illuminating companion essay, Olferieff wrote "to understand himself and to record his broken life for posterity" as a privileged observer of a bloody, historically pivotal era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817923648
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
Publication date: 03/01/2021
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 324,071
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Gary Hamburg is Otho M. Behr Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College and author or editor of more than seventy works, including Russia's Path toward Enlightenment: Faith, Politics, and Reason, 1500–1801. Tanya Alexandra Cameron is the granddaughter of Fyodor Sergeyevich Olferieff. She learned Russian and Russian history and traveled extensively to the Soviet Union in order to translate his memoirs.

Table of Contents

Foreword Anatol Shmelev ix

Translator's Foreword Tanya Alexandra Cameron xi

Introduction: The End of Imperial Russia Gary M. Hamburg xiii

The Memoirs of Fyodor Sergeyevich Olferieff Tanya Alexandra Cameron 1

Childhood 3

Early Remembrances 3

Rzhev: 1891-93 6

The New Location: 1893 8

My Friends: 1893-98 11

Sashutka: 1894-1902 15

Mens Sano in Corpore Sano 20

Not Enough Land 27

The Landed Gentry 31

Our Establishment 36

Faith, Tsar, and Fatherland 40

Instruction Is Light, and Ignorance Is Darkness 47

Youth 53

Page Corps: The First Steps 53

My Page Comrades 56

Aleksandr Verkhovsky 64

More on the Page Corps 71

The Arrival of the Emperor 82

The Heir Is Born 85

A Shot Fired 92

Tsarskoe Selo 98

My Youth in the Horse Grenadier Regiment 107

To Drink to Russia Is a Joy 107

In Defense of the Throne 116

Nicholas Our Tsar-Father 125

An Arshin Eight 134

Yanov 141

Tempted by Sin 146

The Beginning of a Vital Struggle 159

Livonia 159

Reaction: 1906-10 185

Family Affairs 189

Marusia Grevens 194

Abroad 199

The Imperial Nicholas Military Academy 205

The Living Corpse 221

The Trial of Honor 227

Warsaw 1914 237

To War 245

Pre-Mobilization Period 245

September 1957 248

Mobilization: The First Fiasco 251

Cavalry Action 255

The Second Army Attacks 263

"And His Own Received Him Not" 269

Remote Reconnaissance 272

Catastrophe 277

In the Turkestan Corps 284

Staff of the Corps 291

The Battle of Przasnysz 295

Withdrawal from Poland 310

Into Aviation 316

The Beginning of the End 329

The End 343

Kerensky's Times: The Inverted Pyramid 350

The Cradle of the White Army 355

Action and Counteraction 361

The Revolution Is Deepening 367

The End Comes to Supreme Headquarters 375

At the Crossroads 382

Terror in Kiev: January 1918 391

The German Occupation 402

In the Kirpichev Squad 406

Everything Is Permitted to a Woman 411

Odessa 1919 415

Farewell Native Land 418

Epilogue: Escape, Travels, and Life in the United States Tanya Alexandra Cameron 425

A Broken Life Gary M. Hamburg 437

About the Contributors 585

Index 587

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