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Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire

Joshua A. Sanborn


Imperial Apocalypse describes the collapse of the Russian Empire during World War 1. Though the empire was not in serious threat of dissolution in 1914, by 1918 it had been reduced to its sixteenth-century boundaries. This process of decolonization began in the Balkans and spread rapidly throughout Eastern Europe thereafter. Decolonization occurred in three overlapping phases: 1) imperial challenge, 2) state failure, 3) social disaster. This book traces the trajectory of all three of these phases through a narrative of the Russian war experience. It begins with an account of the early battles ... More

Keywords: Russia, World War 1, decolonization, state failure, revolution, soldiers, civilians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642052
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua A. Sanborn, author
Professor of History, Lafayette College