Defenders of the Motherland: The Tsarist Elite in Revolutionary Russia

Defenders of the Motherland: The Tsarist Elite in Revolutionary Russia

by Matthew Rendle
     
 

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Defenders of the Motherland studies how the most powerful social groups in tsarist Russia reacted to the challenges posed by the Russian Revolutions of 1917. Arguing that elite groups-especially nobles, landowners, and officers-played an important role in these events, Matthew Rendle shows how the alienation of tsarist elites from the tsar during the First World War

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Defenders of the Motherland studies how the most powerful social groups in tsarist Russia reacted to the challenges posed by the Russian Revolutions of 1917. Arguing that elite groups-especially nobles, landowners, and officers-played an important role in these events, Matthew Rendle shows how the alienation of tsarist elites from the tsar during the First World War and their support for the new Provisional Government in February 1917 secured the initial success of the revolution.

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From the Publisher
"Defenders of the Motherland is a welcome contribution to our understanding of the political and social landscape of Russia s interrevolutionary period." — The Journal of Modern History

"Play[s] a useful role in broadening historical understanding of the traumatic events of 1917." — The Russian Review

"A very fine work that enriches our understanding of the Russian Revolution and of Russian society during a period of incredible turmoil that dramatically changed Russia forever." —American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199236251
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/18/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Rendle is Lecturer in Eastern European History at Aberystwyth University.

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