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Very different regimeDominic Lieven is a Senior Research Fellow of Trinity CollegeCambridge University and a Fellow of the British Academy His book Russia Against Napoleon Penguin won the Wolfson Prize for History and the Prize of the Fondation Napoleon for the best foreign work on the Napoleonic era Just a bit too much detail for me so I got bored with it Before I Wake of Trinity CollegeCambridge University and a Fellow Conceptos De Relatividad Y Teoria Cuantica of the British Academy His book Russia Against Napoleon Penguin won the Wolfson Prize for History and the Prize Vanished Kingdoms of the Fondation Napoleon for the best foreign work My Brothers Love on the Napoleonic era Just a bit too much detail for me so I got bored with it

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Towards the Flame Empire War and the End of Tsarist Russia

The Russian decision to mobilize in July 1914 may have been the single most catastrophic choice of the modern era Some articulate thoughtful figures around the Tsar understood Russia's fragility and yet they were shouted down by those who were convinced that despite Germany's patent military superior In this fascinating read author Dominic Lieven looks at the history of WWI from the perspective of Russia Indeed he suggests that WWI was essentially an Eastern European conflict; one in which the initial confrontation between Austria and Russia led to defeat for both sides Although the author is careful to explain events in some depth so that you do not need to have any real background knowledge I would not really recommend this book as a good starting point However if you have an interest in either Russian history or the beginnings of WWI then you should enjoy this excellently researched book The scene is set with an initial look at Europe before the first world war – a time when Empire mattered and nationalism became a force The four continental powers were France Russia Austria and Prussia and the relationships between these countries are explored in depth The author then discusses the Russian Empire and the many problems it faced Russia ruled over a sixth of the world’s land surface and yet this vast land was essentially an agrarian empire It was in effect both a great power and a poor country weakened by internal problems and uncertainty This book looks at what led to the outbreak of war and the conseuences for Russia and Europe – both during and after the conflict This really is a book you can immerse yourself in I have not read anything by this prize winning academic before but I look forward to exploring of his work as I found this an extremely rewarding read

review Towards the Flame Empire War and the End of Tsarist Russia

Ity Russian greatness reuired decisive action Russia's rulers thought they were acting to secure their future but in fact after millions of deaths and two revolutions they were consigning their entire class to death or exile and their country to a uniuely terrible generations long experiment under a Alltough some damn foolish thing in the Balkan would indeed bring about a European war the role of the two Great Powers situated on the east side of the continent in its origins have received less attention in the English language historiography than those of Great Britain its French ally and its infamous main opponent the German Empire Dominic Lieven handles the Russian origins of the Great War with gusto Between the defeat of the tsarist forces in the Russo Japanese war of 1905 and the assassination in Sarajevo Russia was closely involved in every pan European war scare to an almost annual rythm if one adds the two Morrocan crises 190611 and the tension with Great Britain over spheres of influence in Persia settled provisionally in 1907 The annexation of Bosnia by the Habsburg empire following a de facto occupation since 1878 comes close to being a turning point in Russian Great Power politics; not a weight usually attributed The Balkan Wars of 1912 1913 are understood in terms of the uestionable Serbian and Bulgarian allegiance to Russia Throughout themes of tension run through the minds of Russian diplomats ministers and generals Pan Slavism towards the rapidly shaping Balkan nations was popular with the press and the middle classes but difficult to translate into foreign policy without the responsibility of war Closely related was a form of Russian nationalism that seeked to orientate the towards Europe and its liberal modernism to restore the country to the strength it possessed prior to the confrontation in the Far East The defeat had been a clear signal that tsarist autocracy and semi serfdom were no longer a reliable basis for an economically secure Russia In terms of the industrial demands of modern warfare this was undoubtedly true Diametrically opposed was a desire to focus on the development of Russia's empire in Asia exploiting the economic resources of the Siberian landmass without crossing the sphere of influence that Japan was carving out in Northern China Regaining strength by minding one's own business often also seemed like a good ideaThis divergence was never solved The only element in foreign policy that nobody wanted to neglect was the alliance with France and its investment in the development of Russia's infrastructure Russia was not fully prepared to declare war on Austria Hungary over the Balkan states but proved eually unable to reign in their mutually incompatible nationalist expansionism Ironically Germany was often the voice of mediation and instrumental in reigning in the Vienna hawks whenever they pushed for war against Serbia lest it stirred Habsburg Slavs into revolt and separation Most importantly no motive was strong enough for Russia to actively seek war By july 1914 however the Tsar and his advisers were tired of backing down in the face of Austrian challenges towards Belgrade and honoured their commitment to France Lieven is clear and elegant breathing life in the individual decision makers who merit a whole chapter which takes up a fifth of the book Lined up they can all be ranked by the degree of their Pan Slavism and their familiarity with European diplomacy As a general rule experience gained through postings in European capitals tempered jingoism with realism He profits from previously unmined Russian arches some closed again at present to challenge convential views on the Russian role in the last decade of peace which were often than not glanced at through the published memoirs of Wh

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