The revolutionary movements in late tsarist Russia inspired a reaction by groups on the right. Although these groups were ostensibly defending the status quo, they were in fact, as this book argues, very radical in many ways. This book discusses these radical rightist groups, showing how they developed considerable popular appeal across the whole Russian Empire, securing support from a wide cross-section of society. The book considers the nature and organisation of the groups, their ideologies and polices on particular issues and how they changed over time. The book concludes by examining how and why the groups lost momentum and support in the years immediately before the First World War, and briefly explores how far present day rightist groups in Russia are connected to this earlier movement.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Precedents and Origins 2. In Reaction to Revolution 3. Across the Empire 4. Popular Mobilization 5. Russia Renewed 6. Towards Catastrophe 7. Conclusion
George Gilbert is a Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Southampton, UK.
'The book includes a helpful glossary of rightist individuals and organizations and a detailed map of the Pale of Settlement... the book greatly increases our knowledge of the Russian right.'
Jonathan Daly, University of Illinois at Chicago, Slavonic and East European Review
"The author illustrates the transformative and independent vision of Russia’s spiritual and moral renewal within civic associations, such as the Double-Headed Eagle and the Union of Russian Working Men in Kiev, by the cultural campaigns which consisted in involvement in the temperance movement, creation of student branches, engagement in workers’ education and concentration on the role of women in society."
Joanna Rak, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, Studies in the History of Russia and Central and Eastern Europe (Studia z Dziejów Rosji i Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej)