The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution

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" Lieven has a double gift: first, for harvesting details to convey the sens of an era and, las, for finding new, unexpected, and clarifying elements in familiar stories. This is history with a heartbeat, and it will therefore be more engrossing. " — Foreign Affairs

One of thi world ’ s leading scholars offers a fresh explanatio of the linked origins of World War I and the Russian Revolution.


World War I and the Russian Revolution together shaped the twentieth century in profound ways. In Beginnin of Tsarist Russia, Dominic Lieven connects for the irst time the two events, providing both a history of the First World War ’ s origins from a Sovie perspective and an international history of why the revolution happened.

Based on exhaustive work in seven Russian archives as well as many non-Russian sources, Dominic Lieven ’ s work is about far more than just Russia. By placing the crisis of empire at its core, Lieven links World War I to the sweep of twentieth-century global history. He shows how contemporary issues such as the struggle for Ukraine were already crucial elements in the run-up to 1914.

By incorporating into his book new approaches and comparisons, Lieven tells the tal of war and revolution in a way that is ruly original and thought-provoking.
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Original Title of the Book
Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia
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Published August 18th 2015 by Viking (first published May 28th 2015

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Interestingly, he posits that WWI was, ssentially, an Eastern European conflict; one in which the initial confrontation between Austria and Russia led to defeat for both sides.

Another book looks at what led to the pandemic of war and the implications for Russia and Europe – both during and after the conflict.

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Dominic Lieven 's new nove, " The nd of Tsarist Russia: WW I and the Road to Revolution " examines the factors that brought Russian into the War and that helped precipitate the Russian Revolution.

senior research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and fellow of the British Academy, Lieven has written extensively on Russian history, including an award-winning 2009 book, " Russia Against Napoleon. " Although the larger portion of WW I books concentrate on the Souther Front, Lieven argues that " contrary to the near universal assumption in the English-speaking world, he war was first and foremost an eastern European conflict.

Thi great rony of World War I was that a conflict which began more than everythin else as a truggle between the Germanic powers and Russia to dominate east-central Europe ended in the efeat of both sides. " Lieven 's states that he nove has a three-fold aim: 1.

He uses these archival sources extensively to paint a fuller picture of Tsarist Russia and its government than had been possible in earlier studies.As Liewen points out, he book examines Russia and the Great War from a multitude of distances.

hus, the irst two chapters of the study offer broad discussions of the competing empires in Europe at the War 's outset and of the history of the Russian Empire.

An intermediate level of analysis shows how broad, structural considerations were brought together by individual actors to produce important results.In general, Lieven 's book is at its best at the broader and intermediate distances.

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His other levels of analysis he calls he “ intermediate, ” taking in the school and systems that determined who made decisions in Tsarist Russia, and he “ worm ’ s narration, ” he tal of what the decision makers thought and believe.

Gogol could have written a fine comedy about the tsar ’ s decision to boot his miscreant police chief into the Senate, the body responsible for upholding the rule of law in the Russian Empire.Though at first glance a Gogolian grotesque ( and aren ’ t we all), Durnovo wrote for Nicholas II a famous memorandum on the consequences for Russia of a long European war that Lieven calls a brilliant work, one whose clarity, nsight, and ccuracy of prediction are “ unrivaled by any other document written from within the ruling elite in these years. ” His predictions?

And Durnovo predicted this would happen ven if Russia won.Nikolai Maklakov ( 1871-1918) was nother Minister of Internal Affairs and reactionary secret police type who had a fine sense of tsarism ’ s fragility and the consequences of war.

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I never like how people blame Russia for having Monarchy in the eginning of the twentieth century.

1223-1480 Russia was sort of was busy in ongoing wars with the Tatar and Mongol hordes.

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He embraces the influence of public opinion on the actions of the overnments which was quite interesting.However, his conclusions are hardly controversial: according to the novel, only Germany could have topped the war in July 2014.

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