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Abraham Ascher
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30 Jun 2004
This is a concise history of the Revolution of 1905, a critical juncture in the history of Russia when several possible paths were opened up for the country. By the end of the year virtually every social group had become active in the opposition to the autocracy, which was on the verge of collapse. Only the promise of reform, in particular the formation of a parliament (duma) that would participate in governing the country enables to old order to survive. For some 18 months the opposition and the Tsarist regime continued to struggle for supremacy and only in June 1907 did the government reassert its authority. It drastically changed the relatively liberal electoral law, depriving many citizens of the vote. Although the revolution was now over, some institutional changes remained intact. Most notably, Russia retained an elected leglisature and political parties speaking for various social and economic interests. As a result, the autocratic system of rule was undermined, and the fate of the political and social order remained uncertain.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press (30 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804750289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804750288
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The study is full of perceptive assessments on the main events, trends and themes of the revolution and is the best introduction to 1905 available."--"SEER"

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Abraham Ascher is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Graduate Center, City University of New York. His recent works include "The Revolution of 1905: Russia in Disarray" (Stanford, 1988), "The Revolution of 1905: Authority Restored" (Stanford, 199

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On the eve of the Revolution of 1905, Russia appeared to many of its subjects to be divided into two irreconcilable camps: one favored the maintenance of the autocratic system of rule; the other was committed to rule by the people. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Revolution of 1905: A Short History 18 Jun 2014
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Part way through reading a book about the European situation leading up to the outbreak of war in 1914, I came to a halt when reading about the political and cultural turmoil in Russia. So I paused in the book I had been reading to take a slight diversion to seek to understand more about what the revolution of 1905 had been about; where it came from, what happened, and what it meant.

The author has written authoritatively and at length on the Russian Revolution of 1905; two large volumes (The Revolution of 1905: Russia in Disarray, and The Revolution of 1905: Authority Restored), as well as books including works on Stolypin (The Search of Stability in Late Imperial Russia), the Menshiviks in the Russian Revolution, and the development of Menshevism, so approaches the subject with a great depth of knowledge. This book is a synthesis in many ways of the two-volume earlier work by the author on the 1905 Revolution, and offers a ready approach for someone new to the subject to get a really good look at the 1905 revolution without having to get bogged down in momentous detail (and about 900 pages, as opposed to slightly over 200 pages in this book).

The importance of the 1905 revolution as a possible precursor or ‘necessary’ preliminary dry-run to the 1917 Revolution has been much debated by scholars, and the author acknowledges that. But by and large, the narrative takes the lead-up to 1905, with the old regime under seige, then details the actions of that tumultuous year, and the aftermath of the 1905 upheavals through to 1907.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 5 April 2013
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A thorough account of a turbulent time in Russia. The book covers the most important events in the context of the 1905 Revolution
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