The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution, by Dominic Lieven
World War I and the Russian Revolution together shaped the twentieth century in profound ways.
In The End of Tsarist Russia, Dominic Lieven connects for the first time the two events, providing both a history of the First World War’s origins from a Russian perspective and an international history of why the revolution happened.
Based on exhaustive work in seven Russian archives as well as many non-Russian sources, Dominic Lieven’s work is about far more than just Russia. By placing the crisis of empire at its core, Lieven links World War I to the sweep of twentieth-century global history. He shows how contemporary hot issues such as the struggle for Ukraine were already crucial elements in the run-up to 1914.
By incorporating into his book new approaches and comparisons, Lieven tells the story of war and revolution in a way that is truly original and thought-provoking.
“So valuable because it gives insight into why Russia was so unprepared for a war that ultimately resulted in a near-century of agony for its people.” - Washington Post
“A gripping, poignant and in some respects revolutionary contribution to European history.” - The Economist