The February Revolution, Petrograd, 1917

The End of the Tsarist Regime and the Birth of Dual Power


The February Revolution, Petrograd, 1917 is the most comprehensive book on the epic uprising that toppled the tsarist monarchy and ushered in the next stage of the Russian Revolution. Hasegawa presents in detail the intense drama of the nine days of the revolution, including the workers' strike, soldiers' revolt, the scrambling of revolutionary party activists to control the revolution, and the liberals’ conspiracy to force Tsar Nicholas II to abdicate. Based on his previous work, published in 1981, the author has revised, enlarged, and reinterpreted the complexity of the February Revolution, resulting in a major and timely reassessment on the occasion of its centennial.

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Front Matter
Pages: i–xx
The Liberal Opposition
Pages: 159–170
Pages: 639–661
Pages: 663–687
Pages: 688–711
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Ph.D. (1969), University of Washington, is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of the prize-winning books, Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and Japan's Surrender in the Pacific War (Harvard University Press, 2005), The Northern Territories Dispute and Russo-Japanese Relations (University of California, 1998), and The February Revolution, Petrograd, 1917 (University of Washington Press, 1981).
"... his achievement in creating a superbly clear and detailed, indeed encyclopaedic, rendering of the whirlwind of events that plunged Russian society into crisis in February 1917 and gave birth to ‘Dual Power’ is formidable scholarship." - Simon Cosgrove, Europe-Asia Studies 72/9 (2020)
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Part I: Russia and the First World War
1. Russia Enters the War
2. The Political Crisis of the Summer 1915
3. Deepening Gulf: The Government and the Liberals, 1916
4. Petrograd during the War
5. The War and the Workers
6. The War and the Revolutionary Parties

Part II: On the Eve
7. The Tsar, the Tsarina, and the Government
8. The Security of Petrograd
9. The Liberal Opposition
10. The Liberals, Conspiracies, and the Freemasons
11. The Workers and the Revolutionary Parties

Part III: The Uprising
12. The Beginning: February 23
13. The Second Day: February 24
14. The General Strike: February 25
15. Bloody Sunday: February 26
16. The Insurrection, February 27

Part IV: The Petrograd Soviet and the Duma Committee
17. The Formation of the Petrograd Soviet
18. The Formation of the Duma Committee
19. The First Steps of the Duma Committee
20. The Petrograd Soviet and the Masses
21. The ‘Transfer’ of Power

Part V: The Abdication of Nicholas II
22. Nicholas II and the Revolution
23. The Duma Committee and the Monarchy
24. The Stavka and Counterrevolutionary Attempts
25. The Abdication of Nicholas II
26. The Duma Committee’s Delegates

Part VI: The Formation of the Provisional Government and the Birth of Dual Power
27. The Formation of the Provisional Government
28. Grand Duke Mikhail Aleksandrovich’s Renunciation of the Throne
29. The Provisional Government, the State Duma, and the Birth of Dual Power
30. Conclusion

General public interested in Russian history and revolutions. Specialists and graduate students in Russian history, comparative revolutions, academic libraries, public libraries. It will be used for upper division undergraduate courses and graduate seminars. This is an important book in the year of the centennial of the Russian Revolution.
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