Meet the Author - Antony Beevor

Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921


We are delighted to welcome to the Library Sir Antony Beevor, best selling historical writer, who has won numerous prizes for his books on the World Wars - notably Stalingrad and Berlin: The Downfall 1945.  As well as discussing his latest book Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921, Sir Antony will share his thoughts on the current war in Ukraine. 

He will also talk about his strong family connections to Florence and the Institute - his grandmother Lina Waterfield was one of our  original founders in 1917, and we hold an important collection of her papers and writings in our Archives. 


On Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921


Beevor commands authority as a historian because his research is comprehensive and his conclusions free of political agenda. He's a skilled writer, who allows his mountain of evidence to speak for itself, charting the course of this horrible war, exposing its boundless cruelty. - THE TIMES, Book of the Week


Russia is a masterpiece of history - and a harrowing lesson for today... This is a hugely complex story, and Beevor tells it supremely well  - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH


The book is in stock at Paperback Exchange, where British Institute patrons can buy them with a 10% discount.


If you are in Florence and would like to attend the lecture in person at the British Institute Library, please register here or send an email to

The registration fee is 10 Euro per person. 


To join this  lecture with Zoom (no reservation necessary), simply click on this link: at 18:30 on Tuesday 18th April. 


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