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    The question I have chosen for my Russian history coursework is 'How strong was Tsarism in 1914?' Not many people have chosen this question in my class and therefore I couldn't get any book recommendations other than from my teacher, who seems to only recommend Bolshevik books. I was just wondering if anyone had any other recommendations that would help my research into the strengths of Tsarism in this period considering optimist and pessimist views on the issue. I've had a look, but can't find any books that favour Tsarism in this period. Thanks a lot.
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    Well the Tsar had been hurt by the 1905 revolution but the declaration of war made him extremely popular again. The economy was also strong in this period which meant that there was not going to be a revolution. Also worth mentioning that the Russians had some early victories against the Germans and Austrians which obviously helped. Also, in this period, the Tsar still had the support of the army and aristocracy, the people who forced him to step down in the end.

    Hope this helps
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    The question I have chosen for my Russian history coursework is 'How strong was Tsarism in 1914?' Not many people have chosen this question in my class and therefore I couldn't get any book recommendations other than from my teacher, who seems to only recommend Bolshevik books. I was just wondering if anyone had any other recommendations that would help my research into the strengths of Tsarism in this period considering optimist and pessimist views on the issue. I've had a look, but can't find any books that favour Tsarism in this period. Thanks a lot.
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    (Original post by Paul PTS)
    National monarchy. By I.L. Solonevich.
    Thank you very much.

    (Original post by adamrules247)
    Well the Tsar had been hurt by the 1905 revolution but the declaration of war made him extremely popular again. The economy was also strong in this period which meant that there was not going to be a revolution. Also worth mentioning that the Russians had some early victories against the Germans and Austrians which obviously helped. Also, in this period, the Tsar still had the support of the army and aristocracy, the people who forced him to step down in the end.

    Hope this helps
    Thanks also. Although, I did already know some of this information, it is mostly about historiography within this coursework.
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    Thank you very much.



    Thanks also. Although, I did already know some of this information, it is mostly about historiography within this coursework.
    I see.

    You may want to try Russia Under the Old Regime by Richard Pipes or possibly the one about Tsarist Russia by G. Hosking (which I'm reading now).
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    You can find some stuff in the Heinemann book on "The Modernisation of Russia" - I think it's by Laver.

    The textbook by Corin and Fiehn is OK too if there's one knocking about, but it's pretty expensive to buy yourself considering how little you use it, so I wouldn't worry if you can't get hold of one.

    I didn't do this question, so I'm not sure what else to suggest. Hope these help though.
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    You can see if Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy, is of any use.
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    Thanks everyone, I ended up with a B.
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    Great, cheers for updating us.
 
 
 
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