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P. A. Stolypin: The Search for Stability in Late Imperial Russia

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"In a major speech last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Stolypin in laudatory terms, . . . presumably a signal of Mr. Putin's own intended balancing act between reformer and authoritarian tough-guy. With Mr. Ascher's highly readable biography, we're all better placed to understand the legacy that Mr. Putin inherits. . . . A book well worth waiting for. . . . P. A. Stolypin is carefully researched, well argued, and highly readable."—Wall Street Journal
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"In a major speech last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Stolypin in laudatory terms, . . . presumably a signal of Mr. Putin's own intended balancing act between reformer and authoritarian tough-guy. With Mr. Ascher's highly readable biography, we're all better placed to understand the legacy that Mr. Putin inherits. . . . A book well worth waiting for. . . . P. A. Stolypin is carefully researched, well argued, and highly readable."—Wall Street Journal
“The first major biography of Petr Arkadevich Stolypin, prime minister and minister of internal affairs of the Russian Empire from 1906 unitl his assassination in 1911. This is a major contribution to our understanding of these important years following the 1905 revolution and will be welcomed by all students of the period.”—History
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"In a major speech last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Stolypin in laudatory terms, . . . presumably a signal of Mr. Putin's own intended balancing act between reformer and authoritarian tough-guy. With Mr. Ascher's highly readable biography, we're all better placed to understand the legacy that Mr. Putin inherits. . . . A book well worth waiting for. . . . P. A. Stolypin is carefully researched, well argued, and highly readable."—Wall Street Journal

"The first major biography of Petr Arkadevich Stolypin, prime minister and minister of internal affairs of the Russian Empire from 1906 unitl his assassination in 1911. This is a major contribution to our understanding of these important years following the 1905 revolution and will be welcomed by all students of the period."—History

"This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Stolypin . . . more than any previous work, it examines thoroughly and in detail the major episodes of Stolypin's political career. Ascher's treatment of these controversial issues is invariably careful, judicious, and illuminating. . . . Ascher has plumbed archives not just in Russia, but in Helsinkin, Bonn, and Vienna and in a wealth of documentation goes far beyond previous studies. . . . There will always be a place for thoroughly researched, carefully thought-through, and well written narrative history. Abraham Ascher's Stolypin is a fine example of this genre and is required reading for any serious study of Russian history."—Theodore R. Weeks, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

"[A] definitive account of Stolypin's achievements and shortcomings."—European History

"His work may well set off a new trend in the scholarly investigation of prerevolutionary Russia."—American Historical Review

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Stolypin, Russia's prime minister and minister of internal affairs from 1906 to 1911 (when he was assassinated), had clear ideas about how to reform the socioeconomic and political system in the twilight of Nicholas II's reign. His efforts<-->in agriculture, local administration, religious freedom, social legislation, and the legal system<-->were radical departures for Russia. Some called him a visionary, but his detractors saw him as power-hungry and cold-hearted. (Lenin denounced Stolypin as "hangman in chief.") For his biography, Ascher (history, Graduate Center, City U. of New York) made use of newly available Russian archival documentation to provide a portrait that lays out Stolypin's complex and divergent motivations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804745475
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Abraham Ascher is Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader
Introduction 1
1 The Early Years 13
2 Governor of Saratov 34
3 Fighting the Revolution, April-August 1906 97
4 Fighting the Revolution, August 1906-June 1907 150
5 Fighting for Reform 208
6 Embattled 261
7 Religion, Nationalism, Migration 293
8 The Last Defeat 327
9 Assassination 363
Conclusion: Stolypin's Legacy 391
Notes 403
Bibliography 437
Index 458
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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    Excellent!

    An outstanding 1 volume biography of a central figure in a critical period of history. Ascher's bio of Stolypin is an even-handed look at the man who, in many respects, represented the road not taken in late imperial Russia. An absolute must for scholars and students of the period. Also see Ascher's work on the 1905 revolution.

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