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Overview

This is a concise history of the Revolution of 1905 -- a critical juncture in the history of Russia when several possible paths were opened up for the country. By the end of that year, virtually every social group had become active in the opposition to the autocracy, which was on the verge of collapse. Only the promise of reform, in particular the formation of a parliament (Duma) that would participate in governing the country, enabled the old order to survive. For some eighteen months the opposition and the Tsarist regime continued to struggle for supremacy, and only in June 1907 did the government reassert its authority. It drastically changed the relatively liberal electoral law, depriving many citizens of the vote. Although the revolution was now over, some institutional changes remained intact. Most notably, Russia retained an elected legislature and political parties speaking for various social and economic interests. As a result, the autocratic system of rule was undermined, and the fate of the political and social order remained uncertain.
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"The study is full of perceptive assessments on the main events, trends and themes of the revolution and is the best introduction to 1905 available."—SEER
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804747196
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Abraham Ascher is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Graduate Center, City University of New York. His recent works include The Revolution of 1905: Russia in Disarray (Stanford, 1988), The Revolution of 1905: Authority Restored (Stanford, 1992), and P. A. Stolypin: The Search for Stability in Late Imperial Russia (Stanford, 2000).
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Table of Contents

1 The old regime under siege 1
2 The assault on authority 39
3 The general strike 67
4 The days of liberty and armed uprising 90
5 Implementing reform 112
6 The Duma 131
7 A new government takes command 160
8 Coup d'Etat 187
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