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Helen Rappaport

Biography

Helen Rappaport

Helen Rappaport studied Russian at Leeds University and is a specialist in Russian and Victorian history. Her books include CAUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World on the Edge, A MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy, and THE LAST DAYS OF THE ROMANOVS. She lives in West Dorset.

Helen Rappaport

Books by Helen Rappaport

by Helen Rappaport - History, Nonfiction

The murder of the Romanov family horrified the world, and its aftershocks still reverberate today. In Putin's autocratic Russia, the Revolution itself is considered a crime, and its anniversary was largely ignored. In stark contrast, the centenary of the massacre of the Imperial Family in Ekaterinburg will be a huge ceremony. While the murders themselves have received major attention, what has never been investigated in detail are the various plots and plans behind the scenes to save the family. Helen Rappaport refutes the claim that the fault lies entirely with King George V, as has been the traditional claim for the last century. The responsibility for failing the Romanovs must be equally shared.

by Helen Rappaport - History, Nonfiction

Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil --- felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt. There, the foreign visitors who filled hotels, clubs, offices and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps and beneath their windows. Among this disparate group were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses and expatriate socialites. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home. Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry us right up to the action.

by Helen Rappaport - History, Nonfiction

The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution.