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.