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Richard Pipes, historian – obituary in The Daily Telegraph (London) 21st May 2018.

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Submitted by Daniel Bamford. (United Kingdom), May 31, 2018 at 06:32

Richard Pipes, historian – obituary.

By Telegraph Obituaries
21 May 2018 • 8:32pm

Richard Pipes, who has died aged 94, was a historian of the Soviet Union whose anti-Communism was so strident that many of his fellow historians warned their students not to read him; but his views proved more congenial to the American Right and he became one of his country's leading Cold Warriors.

Pipes shunned the Olympian detachment school of history. He believed that history should be written with passion and commitment and was never restrained in his conclusions.

He was best known for his three-volume study of the Russian Revolution of 1917, in which he argued that "the Revolution was the result not of insufferable conditions but of irreconcilable attitudes": the dithering absolutism of...

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