Orlando Figes is a historian and writer who is professor of history at Birkbeck College at the University of London. He earned a double-starred first in history from Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from Trinity College at Cambridge.
A scholar of Russian history, Figes has written extensively about the history of the country from a social perspective. His writings include Peasant Russia Civil War: The Volga Countryside in Revolution 1917-21, a study of the lives of Russian peasants during the period of 1917-1921 and A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924, which is a survey of the period from 1891 to Lenin’s death in 1924. This book in particular, named one of the most influential books since the war by the Times Literary Supplement, is regarded as career defining. This book was recognized with the Wolfson History Prize, the Longman-History Today Book Prize, NCR Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
A vocal and fearless critic of Vladimir Putin, Figes has faced controversy and criticism in Russia. He has had his offices raided by Russian police and had to fight the government in court to get his research documents returned.
In recent years, Figes has continued his research and writing, as well as providing consultation for historical movies and television series.
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Orlando Guy Figes is a British historian and writer known for his works on Russian and European history. He is professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London.Source: Wikipedia
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