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Defenders of the Motherland: The Tsarist Elite in Revolutionary Russia

Matthew Rendle


The Russian Revolution of 1917 has long been seen in terms of the political manoeuvrings of revolutionary politicians and the actions of lower social groups. This book argues that elite groups, especially nobles, landowners, and officers, also played an important role. The alienation of tsarist elites from the Tsar during the First World War and their support for the new Provisional Government in February 1917 secured the initial success of the revolution. The book describes how elites engaged with revolutionary politics, serving in the government, and forming unions to promote their interests ... More

Keywords: Elites, Russian Revolution, tsarist elites, nobles, landowners, officers, Provisional Government, counter‐revolution, Bolshevism, White armies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199236251
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Rendle, author
Lecturer in Eastern European History, Aberystwyth University
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