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    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

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    I conceived and wrote this book partly while contemplating the world from my home halfway up a mountain in Japan from the AfterwardAfter reading The Russian Empire and Its Rivals and Russia Against Napoleon I came to anticipate in any Lieven work judiciously generalized aphorisms on power and decline In The End of Tsarist Russia I wasn’t disappointed As he begins narration of the July 1914 crisis Lieven laments that the Russian

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    Tsarist Russia And The Great WarNote added on November 20 2019 I thought about this book and review in light of

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    Alltough some damn foolish thing in the Balkan would indeed bring about a European war the role of the two Great Powers situated on

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    Unbelievably dry and dull Goodness

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    Can't say it wasn't well researched but this worm's eye account of intragovernmental and diplomatic minutia was endlessly dull I kept waiting for the narrative to kick in but this was just a 300 page Wikipedia article

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    Enlightening perspective from the point of view of Russian history A non western perspective on the bloody 20th century That said fo

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    Just a bit too much detail for me so I got bored with it

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    Underresearched It felt as if the researcher first posed the hypotheses and then went busy learning things that could possibly prove them if interpreted just the way he wanted it to I really like how people blame Russia for having Monarchy in the beginning of the 20th century Monarchy is not evil per se It the people who surround the Monarch they are either capable or not if self interest or neurosis drives them then

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    Well researched analysis of the reasons and events leading the First World War from the perspective of Russia Th

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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 White exiles In the first sentence of the preface he drops a bombshell right away presenting the fate of Ukraine as pivotal to the outbreak of WWI alltough he doesn t return to this line of thought until 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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 Underresearched It felt as if the researcher first posed the hypotheses and then went busy learning things that could possibly prove them if interpreted just the way he wanted it to I really like how people blame Russia for having Monarchy in the beginning of the 20th century Monarchy is not evil per se It the people who surround the Monarch they are either capable or not if self interest or neurosis drives them then all bets are offI also really love how no researcher ever stops to consider the global picture of what the hell Russia had been doing when Europe was stepping into its craft production phase 1223 1480 Russia was sort of was busy in ongoing wars with the Tatar and Mongol hordes So the first economies were delayed Only logical that if you are in either slavery or at war or you undergo raids then you might have something else on your mind other than progressing to the industrialization So blaming the Tsar family for Russia developing in the 18th 19th century along its own track which brought it forward to the what 5th place among the European industrial states as at the 1900 s I think it counts as doing well enough if all things are taken under careful reviewTBF later An interesting if underresearched reading material Strings the British Academy His book Russia Against Napoleon Penguin won Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the Wolfson Prize for History and Catch and Release the Prize of Devils Paw (Imp, the Fondation Napoleon for Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the best foreign work on All Tied Up the Napoleonic era Underresearched It felt as if The Film Snob*s Dictionary the researcher first posed In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie the hypotheses and Tea Environments and Plantation Culture then went busy learning 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains things Survive by the Team that could possibly prove Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, them if interpreted just Washington! (Wagons West, the way he wanted it Tennessee! (Wagons West, to I really like how people blame Russia for having Monarchy in Celebration! (Wagons West, the beginning of Texas! (Wagons West, the 20th century Monarchy is not evil per se It I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the people who surround Revenge ni Miss Piggy the Monarch Breakfast Book they are either capable or not if self interest or neurosis drives The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade them Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, then all bets are offI also really love how no researcher ever stops A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery to consider Card Concepts the global picture of what Schadenfreude the hell Russia had been doing when Europe was stepping into its craft production phase 1223 1480 Russia was sort of was busy in ongoing wars with Emotional Victory the Tatar and Mongol hordes So Still Life with Woodpecker the first economies were delayed Only logical Bo Knows Bo that if you are in either slavery or at war or you undergo raids Gender and Food then you might have something else on your mind other Radio Silence than progressing Finer Women to Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the industrialization So blaming Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays the Tsar family for Russia developing in Crazy Horses Girlfriend the 18th 19th century along its own Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium track which brought it forward Hannah Has Two Mommies to Child Support the what 5th place among 777 the Lost Blood the European industrial states as at Know My Name the 1900 s I Abandoned Alice think it counts as doing well enough if all Map My Heart things are Scandal taken under careful reviewTBF later An interesting if underresearched reading material

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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