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The Russian decision Flame Empire Kindle #211 to mobilize in July may have been the single most catastrophic choice of the modern era Some articulate thoughtful figures around the Tsar understood Russia's fragility and yet they were shouted down by those who were Towards the Kindle convinced that despite Germany's patent military s. I conceived and wrote this book partly while contemplating the world from my home halfway up a mountain in Japan from the AfterwardAfter reading The Russian Empire and Its Rivals and Russia Against Napoleon I came to anticipate in any Lieven work judiciously generalized aphorisms on power and decline In The End of Tsarist Russia I wasn t disappointed As he begins narration of the July 1914 crisis Lieven laments that the Russian and Austrian elites lacked sufficient awareness of many common traits and problems and not least a common vulnerability to nationalism though he shrugs even had the two empires come to see their shared interests and threats this might well not have been enough to avert the mutually suicidal spiral into war revolution unfettered irredentism and genocide into that chaos in which the common people do not know who to obey to paraphrase Pushkin A cynic might argue Lieven sums up that empires are tigers and tigers do not necessarily cooperate even when their species faces extinction Such remarks abound in what Lieven calls his God s eye analysis of long term structural forces like geopolitics and globalization forces he says no Russian monarch let alone one with the weaknesses of Nicholas II could have controlled His other levels of analysis he calls the intermediate taking in the institutions and systems that determined who made decisions in Tsarist Russia and the worm s narrative the story of what the decision makers thought and said This worm s narrative is deepened by Lieven s years of work in Russian diplomatic and military archives Two decision makers struck me Petr Durnovo 1845 1915 was the minister of Internal Affairs who played a key role in crushing the 1905 revolution In 1914 he was a leader in the upper house of the State Council a position gained after an amusing disgraceFor all his current eminence Durnovo had never entirely shed the shady reputation he had acuired from a decade s service as head of Russia s police forces Secret policemen seldom have the cleanest of hands though by the standards of his twentieth century successors Durnovo was a lamb His career as director of the Police Department had come to a spectacular end when he used his agents to purloin letters of his mistress from the home of a foreign diplomat a competitor for her affections The story reached Alexander III who was enraged Gogol could have written a fine comedy about the tsar s decision to boot his miscreant police chief into the Senate the body responsible for upholding the rule of law in the Russian EmpireThough at first glance a Gogolian grotesue and aren t we all Durnovo wrote for Nicholas II a famous memorandum on the conseuences for Russia of a long European war that Lieven calls a brilliant work one whose clarity insight and accuracy of prediction are unrivaled by any other document written from within the ruling elite in these years His predictions Exhaustion financial chaos the delegitimization and demise of tsarism leading to anarchy followed by some version of extreme revolutionary socialism And Durnovo predicted this would happen even if Russia wonNikolai Maklakov 1871 1918 was another Minister of Internal Affairs and reactionary secret police type who had a fine sense of tsarism s fragility and the dangers of war Lieven s last image of Maklakov is haunting When General Serge Dobrorolsky visited Maklakov on July 29 to collect his signature on the orders for mobilization he found the minister in his office which contained so many icons that it appeared like a chapel than a government bureau Maklakov spoke to Dobrorolsky about how greatly the revolutionaries would welcome war adding that in Russia war cannot be popular with the mass of the people and revolutionary ideas are dearer to the masses than a victory over Germany But one cannot escape one s fate Maklakov was one of the first Tsarist officials the Bolsheviks put against a wall

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Towards the Flame Empire War and the End of Tsarist Russia

Uperiority Russian greatness reuired decisive action Russia's rulers thought they were acting to secure their future but in fact after millions of deaths and two revolutions they were consigning their entire class to death or the Flame Empire PDF #203 exile and their country to a uniuely terrible generations long experiment under a v. Unbelievably dry and dull Goodness

Summary Towards the Flame Empire War and the End of Tsarist Russia

Ery different regimeDominic Lieven is a Senior Research Fellow of Trinity CollegeCambridge University and a Fellow of the British Academy His book Russia Against Napoleon Penguin won the the Flame Empire War and MOBI #224 Wolfson Prize for History and the Prize of the Fondation Napoleon for the best foreign work on the Napoleonic era. Enlightening perspective from the point of view of Russian history A non western perspective on the bloody 20th century That said for me it was tough sledding through a Russian winter


10 thoughts on “Towards the Flame Empire War and the End of Tsarist Russia

  1. says:

    In this fascinating read author Dominic Lieven looks at the history of WWI from the perspective of Russia Indeed he suggests that WWI was essentially an Eastern European conflict; one in which the initial confrontation between Austria and Russia led to defeat for both sides Although the author is careful to explain events in some d

  2. says:

    I conceived and wrote this book partly while contemplating the world from my home halfway up a mountain in Japan

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    Tsarist Russia And The Great WarNote added on November 20 2019 I thought about this book and review in light of recent events The author sees Ukraine and fights for its control as a source of instability that pla

  4. says:

    Alltough some damn foolish thing in the Balkan would indeed bring about a European war the role of the two Great Powers situated on the east side of the continent in its origins have received less attention in the English language historiography than those of Great Britain its French ally and its infamous main opponent the German Em

  5. says:

    Unbelievably dry and dull Goodness

  6. says:

    Can't say it wasn't well researched but this worm's eye account of intragovernmental and diplomatic minutia was endlessly dull I kept waiting for the narrative to kick in but this was just a 300 page Wikipedia article

  7. says:

    Enlightening perspective from the point of view of Russian history A non western perspective on the bloody 20th century That said for me it was tough sledding through a Russian winter

  8. says:

    Just a bit too much detail for me so I got bored with it

  9. says:

    Underresearched It felt as if the researcher first posed the hypotheses and then went busy learning things that could possibly prove them if interpreted just the way he wanted it to I really like how people blame Russia for having Monarchy in

  10. says:

    Well researched analysis of the reasons and events leading the First World War from the perspective of Russia The author went through a lot of the documents in Russian archives which were not previously available He presents his re

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