Nicholas II

Nicholas II

Twilight of the Empire

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
A biography of Russia's last monarch provides new insights into his infamous execution in 1918 and goes on to probe his role as a political leader and emperor, the Old Regime's collapse, and the origins of the Bolshevik Revolution. 25,000 first printing.

Book News
A leading expert on the history of late Imperial Russia shows that the downfalls of both the Imperial and Soviet regimes fit into a pattern of ongoing Russian history that sheds light on recent and future events. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
What is there new to say about Russia's last monarch? Almost everything. Previous biographies have told of the shy family man, the father of the hemophiliac heir, the victim of the infamous murder at Ekaterinburg in 1918. This book provides new insights into those parts of the story, but it looks above all at Nicholas as political leader and emperor, as it portrays the Old Regime's collapse and the origins of Bolshevik Russia in a way that will surprise readers.
Nicholas II was not stupid. Nor was he nearly as weak as is commonly thought. The dilemmas of ruling Russia were vast and contradictory, and it was an illusion to think that simply by agreeing to become a constitutional monarch Nicholas could have preserved his dynasty and empire. Drawing many eerie parallels to events unfolding in Russia today, Lieven shows that social and technological change had far outstripped the existing political and executive structures. The inability of the Tsar and his government to recognize these growing anachronisms and to devise new systems constructively helped lead to the devastating chaos out of which the new order arose. Drawing on his fifteen-year study of Imperial Russia and using archival material and other sources all over the world, Dominic Lieven shows that the downfall of both the Imperial and Soviet Regimes fit into a pattern of ongoing Russian history, one that bears close scrutiny if we are to understand the turmoil of the post-Cold War period.

Baker
& Taylor

A biography of Russia's last monarch provides new insights into his infamous execution, his role as political leader and emperor, the Old Regime's collapse, and the origins of the Bolshevik Revolution

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994
ISBN: 9780312105105
031210510X
Branch Call Number: 947.083 LIEVE
Characteristics: xii, 292 pages ; 25 cm

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