This book brings together the large volume of work on late Tsarist Russia published over the last 30 years, to show an overall picture of Russia under the last two tsars - before the war brought down not only the Russian empire but also those of Germany, Austria–Hungary and Turkey. It turns the attention from the old emphases on workers, revolutionaries, and a reactionary government, to a more diverse and nuanced picture of a country which was both a major European great power, facing the challenges of modernization and industrialization, and also a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional empire stretching across both Europe and Asia.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Imperial Russia 2 Art, Industry, and Civil Society 3 Peasants, Workers, and Revolutionaries 4 From War to Revolution 5 From Revolution to Repression 6 Constitutional Russia 7 The Silver Age
Beryl Williams is an Emeritus Reader in History at the University of Sussex.