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Title The diary of Olga Romanov : royal witness to the Russian Revolution : with excerpts from family letters and memoirs of the period / [translated by] Helen Azar.
Author Olʹga Nikolaevna, Grand Duchess, daughter of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1895-1918, author.
Publication Yardley, Pennsylvania : Westholme Publishing, LLC, [2014]
Description xxxii, 180 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note Translated from the Russian.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-172) and index.
Summary In August 1914, Russia entered World War I, and with it, the imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II was thrust into a conflict they would not survive. His eldest child, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had begun a diary in 1905 when she was ten years old and kept writing her thoughts and impressions of day-to-day life as a grand duchess until abruptly ending her entries when her father abdicated his throne in March 1917. Held at the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Olga's diaries during the wartime period have never been translated into English until this volume. At the outset of the war, Olga and her sister Tatiana worked as nurses in a military hospital along with their mother, Tsarina Alexandra. Olga's younger sisters, Maria and Anastasia, visited the infirmaries to help raise the morale of the wounded and sick soldiers. The strain was indeed great, as Olga records her impressions of tending to the officers who had been injured and maimed in the fighting on the Russian front. Concerns about her sickly brother, Aleksei, abound, as well those for her father, who is seen attempting to manage the ongoing war. Gregori Rasputin appears in entries, too, in an affectionate manner as one would expect of a family friend. While the diaries reflect the interests of a young woman, her tone grows increasingly serious as the Russian army suffers setbacks, Rasputin is ultimately murdered, and a popular movement against her family begins to grow.
Subject Olʹga Nikolaevna, Grand Duchess, daughter of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1895-1918 -- Diaries.
Children of heads of state -- Russia -- Diaries.
Nobility -- Russia -- Diaries.
Russia -- History -- 1801-1917.
Addl. Author Azar, Helen, translator, editor.
ISBN 9781594161773 (hbk.)
1594161771 (hbk.)

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