With the fall of communism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the tsarist past has caught up with Russia's present with a vengeance. The process of rethinking the past is not without its pitfalls: the negative evaluations of tsarist Russia, obligatory in the former Soviet Union, have given way to uncritical romanticizing. There has never been a greater need for a fair, balanced interpretation of the tsarist record. This book re-examines Russia's imperial past from the reign of Peter the Great to the collapse of tsarism in 1917. It presents pre-revolutionary Russia as an empire of great internal contradictions. A colossus that extended over one-sixth the earth's landmass, it was ever vulnerable to foreign invasion. It possessed one of the world's largest populations, the majority of whom lived in poverty and discontent. It commanded the world's richest natural resources, yet its productive forces were constricted by the remnants of feudalism. It strove to cement its multiethnic population by systematic Russification, which only stimulated nationalist movements. It gloried in being a people's autocracy' at a time when the regime was increasingly detached from its people.
Alexander Chubarov is Senior Lecturer in Russian Studies at the School of International Studies and Law, Coventry University.From Library Journal:
In this conventional history, Chubarov (Russian studies, Coventry Univ.) ranges from the reign of Peter the Great (1689-1725) to the 1917 revolution, providing summaries of five tsars and of the major social trends that affected their reigns. He contrasts the communal lives of the peasants with the strongman leadership tradition of the aristocracy and eventually of the revolutionary groups. The reforms that did occur during these times, he argues, were bureaucratic only and had little effect on the peasants. Throughout the entire period, Russia was attempting to play catch-up with Western EuropeAto the Enlightenment, to industrialization, and to social reform. But these ideas were distorted and only partially adopted, making no change in the essential relationship between serf and landlord and leaving the countryside behind. Intended for the general reader, this dry but competent summary provides a good introduction to Russia's Imperial period. Recommended for all public libraries.AMarcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York
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