After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War

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After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War

After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War

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There was much gossip about money destined to fund the construction of new battleships and cruisers for the Imperial Navy making its way into Alexis’s pockets during his tenure as commander in chief of the Imperial Fleet—but he was not alone in his brazen siphoning off of money from the treasury; this was but one of many “gigantic swindles” that helped boost the revenues of the unscrupulous Russian grand dukes. Rappaport has created a concise and scholarly study of the exiles and their steady transition of decadence and indulgence to exile and poverty.

Such had been their predilection, since the 1860s, for visiting under cover of darkness all that the Parisian underworld of eroticism, not to say vice, had to offer that the concept of La Tournée des Grands Ducs (The Grand Dukes’ Tour) had become a feature of the off-the-map Paris tourist trail.My grandfather, Efim Mikhailovich Zotov was a Don Cossack who escaped in 1921 on one the rickety boats from Crimea to Constantinople.

Alexis was no intellectual or aesthete like his brother Vladimir, but rather a plain-speaking, good-natured navy man who could be an interminable bore on the subject of his glorious past days in sailing ships (equally, he would draw a veil over his incompetence as an admiral of the fleet during the naval battles of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05). Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich, the youngest of the four sons of Alexander II, was by far the most modest and democratic of the Russian grand dukes; his beautiful home at Boulogne-sur-Seine would become, thanks to the charm and social skills of his wife, Olga, Countess von Hohenfelsen, not just a magnet for the most cultured and influential on the French literary, musical, and political circuit but also effectively an “annex” to the Russian embassy in Paris.She studied Russian Special Studies at Leeds University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a specialist in Imperial Russian and Victorian history, and a frequent historical consultant on TV and radio. Poignant reading at a historical moment in 2022-2023 as Russians flee from Russia to different parts of the world and keep their lucrative tech jobs to prosperity.

Her love of all things Victorian springs from her childhood growing up near the River Medway where Charles Dickens lived and worked. But she was already married—to a captain in the Horse Guards—and had three surviving children by him. He had favored all things French in the construction of his own “window on the West”—the Russian capital St.Eventually, Alexis transferred his affections and his money to a French-Jewish actress, Elizabeth Balletta, who was popular with the French theater company in St. While their victim slumbered, his companions had helped themselves to all his personal possessions, including his clothes, leaving him only his white tie, which they tied round his neck before departing.

Paul was, however, a sad figure for many years, having lost his young wife, Princess Alexandra of Greece, in 1891 after only three years of marriage, leaving him with two young children, Maria and Dmitri. Memoirs and literature deftly round out [Rappaport’s] historical reporting to create a vivid picture of the wrenching life change that thousands of Russians underwent … This narrative nonfiction will appeal to those interested in Russian history, especially the Russian Revolution, and to readers of historical fiction by authors like Ken Follett or Marie Benedict.The Exposition Universelle of 1867 brought a huge influx of twenty thousand Russian visitors into Paris. He proceeded to make his way to France, avoiding Paris and volunteering to help clean the mine fields in Northern France, near Lille.

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