Nicholas Ii

Nicholas Ii

by Robert D. Warth
     
 

This book is a scholarly, comprehensive, and critical biography of Nicholas II from his birth in 1868 to his execution in 1918. It features a chronological narrative emphasizing the political aspects of the Tsar's reign rather than details from his personal life—although new information about his life is revealed. Nicholas II is portrayed as a conscientious

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This book is a scholarly, comprehensive, and critical biography of Nicholas II from his birth in 1868 to his execution in 1918. It features a chronological narrative emphasizing the political aspects of the Tsar's reign rather than details from his personal life—although new information about his life is revealed. Nicholas II is portrayed as a conscientious and reasonably intelligent ruler whose reign was marred by inept statesmanship and a stubborn determination to uphold the autocratic tradition of the Romanov dynasty even though he was forced to grant major political concessions in 1905. His imprudent foreign policy in East Asia precipitated a losing war with Japan. But a more cautious policy in Europe nevertheless involved Russia in a far greater conflict in 1914 that resulted in enormous casualties, economic hardship, and the collapse of the monarchy in 1917. As an individual, Nicholas was gentle and benevolent (except towards political dissidents) and proved to be a good husband and father. The serenity of his family life was disrupted by his son and heir's hemophilia, and the ensuing Rasputin scandal impaired the Tsar's image and contributed to his unpopularity. A final chapter examines his legacy and provides a theory of revolutionary causation.

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A biography benefitting from the 1992 opening of the State Archive of the Russian Federation (formerly the Central State Archive of the October Revolution) to independent scholars just as Warth (history, U. of Kentucky) arrived in Moscow. Discusses Nicholas' (1868-1918) life as the son of the tsar and as the new autocrat, reform and reaction, war with Japan, early revolutionary activity, the Duma experiment, Stolypin, Rasputin, the Great War, the collapse of the monarchy, his life as citizen Romanov, the fate of Imperial Russia, and other themes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275958329
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1997
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

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