Russia Under Three Tsars

Russia Under Three Tsars

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Overview

REDISCOVERED: EYEWITNESS HISTORY Opening with an intimate, dramatic account of the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, this long-lost history describes the personalities and actions of the last tsars during the years leading up to the Russian Revolution. Glittering royals, politicians, military officers, scoundrels, and anarchists all walk across these pages as they did in life during the last years of the tsars.

Alexander II, Alexander III, and the last tsar—the ill-fated Nicholas II—each attempted to forestall the forces of revolution. This eyewitness history is based on exclusive access to the original manuscript memoirs of Count Loris-Melikov, Tsar Alexander II's chief minister, and by the author's personal experience in Tsar Nicholas II's government as Secretary-in-Chief of the Duma.

Appendix: Interview with Count Leo Tolstoy

Edited and with an introduction by Irene Vartanoff

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986125294
Publisher: Irene Vartanoff
Publication date: 10/05/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Michael N. Kalantar, L.L.D., was a graduate of the University of St. Petersburg, Heidelberg University, and the Sorbonne. He was secretary-in-chief of Tsar Nicholas II's Imperial Senate, the Duma.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION ............................................................... 1

Chapter 1 ONE DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD .. 7

Chapter 2 ROAD TO REACTION .................................... 21

ALEXANDER III AND THE HEIR TO THE

THRONE .......................................................... 30

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ................................ 36

ILLNESS OF ALEXANDER III .............................. 47

PRINCESS ALICE OF HESSEN ............................ 50

DEATH OF ALEXANDER III ............................... 59

Chapter 3 THE REIGN OF NICHOLAS II ....................... 69

THE CORONATION ............................................ 76

INITIAL YEARS ..................................................... 89

RELIGIOUS MYSTICISM OF THE

YOUNG TSAR .................................................. 97

THE FRENCH MAGICIAN PHILIPPE ................ 99

SERAFIM OF SAROV .......................................... 104

REACTIONARY POLICIES IN THE

GOVERNMENT ............................................. 109

WAR AGAINST JAPAN ...................................... 116

TSARINA ALEXANDRA AND HER

ENTOURAGE ................................................ 127

PRINCE ORLOFF, ANNA VYRUBOVA ....... 127

FAMILY LIFE OF THE IMPERIAL COUPLE.... 135

THE BIRTH OF THE HEIR .......................... 135

RASPUTIN ........................................................... 139

THE STATE DUMA ............................................ 145

CODA .............................................................................. 167

APPENDIX INTERVIEW WITH LEO TOLSTOY ........ 171

AFTERWORD ................................................................. 179

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