Helen Rappaport

Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917

Thursday 15th September 2016

Helen Rappaport
Caught In The Revolution: Petrograd 1917, Helen Rappaport

Continuing her fascination with Russian history, Helen Rappaport’s forthcoming book Caught in the Revolution tells the story of the first year of the Russian Revolution using eye-witness accounts of the foreign nationals who witnessed history being made on the streets of Petrograd. Compellingly, she documents how many of the most dramatic incidents occurred in the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt where British, French and American diplomats, journalists and ex-pats watched the revolution unfolding beneath their hotel and embassy windows.

Drawing from a range of published and unpublished materials including diaries and letters, Rappaport captures the chaos of the first revolution in February through to Lenin’s Bolshevik Coup in October. Some of her accounts are seen through the lens of journalists and suffragette leaders like Emmeline Pankhurst whilst others are documented by a nurse who survived the Titanic.

Helen Rappaport is a historian and writer who specialises in Russia and the Victorians. Her books include Ekaterinburg, Magnificent Obsession, No Place for Ladies and Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses. A popular broadcaster, she has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes and was Historical Consultant for ITV’s forthcoming 8-part drama about Queen Victoria.

Helen will be in conversation with broadcaster Erica Wagner.