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Count Sergei Witte and the twilight of imperial Russia : a biography /
Sidney Harcave.
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, Inc., c2004.
vii, 323 p.
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Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, Inc., c2004.
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The formative years, 1849-1865 -- The Odessa years, 1865-1879 -- St. Petersburg and Kiev, 1879-1891 -- Monsieur Vite, 1889-1892 -- Minister of Finance, 1892-1894 -- A new reign, an old course, 1894-1896 -- The Witte system in operation, 1892-1899 -- Questions of war and peace, 1896-1899 -- Decline and fall, 1899-1903 -- A mere spectator, 1903-1904 -- Political spring, July-December 1904 -- In the wake of Bloody Sunday, January-June 1905 -- Peace with honor? -- Return home -- Out of the frying pan, into the fire -- Honeymoon? : the first ten days -- Keeping the promise of October 17 -- Revolution and counter-revolution -- "The loan that saved Russia" -- Implementing the October Manifesto -- The last lap -- Exile? : assassination? : May 1906-June 1907 -- The Stolypin years, June 1907-September 1911 -- Last years, 1911-1915.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-11-01:
Harcave's biography of Count Sergei Witte is clearly the current definitive work on Imperial Russia's most important statesman of the 19th century. The author fully integrates his previous research on Witte's memoirs into this publication. As a reflection on late Imperial Russia, Harcave (emer., SUNY Binghamton) carefully places Witte into a delicate and deteriorating world, where terrorists aspire to destroy the world Witte would protect. The biography details Witte's early rise in Russia's bureaucracy to the position of minister of finance as a result of his efforts to transform Russia's Southwestern Railroad. Described as a pragmatic, driven, Orthodox monarchist, Witte flirted with Slavophilism but gave in to a desire to adapt the ideas of Friedrich List to Russia's need for economic growth. Witte's greatest service to the monarchy, however, followed the disastrous Russo-Japanese War. His negotiating skills successfully extricated Russia and preserved the Romanov monarchy for another decade. Critical of the landed nobility for failing to recognize the need to modernize and industrialize Russia, Witte remained committed to serving the Romanovs. Overall, Harcave presents Witte as making a last desperate attempt to preserve a monarchy, government, and society seemingly doomed to collapse. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. A. Meier Dickinson State University
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Table of Contents
The Formative Years, 1849-1865
The Odessa Years, 1865-1879
St. Petersburg and Kiev, 1879-1891
Monsieur Vite, 1889-1892
Minister of Finance, 1892-1894
A New Reign, an Old Course, 1894-1896
The Witte System in Operation, 1892-1899
Questions of War and Peace, 1896-1899
Decline and Fall, 1899-1903
A Mere Spectator, 1903-1904
Political Spring, July-December 1904
In the Wake of Bloody Sunday, January-June 1905
Peace with Honor?
Return Home
Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire
Honeymoon? The First Ten Days
Keeping the Promise of October 17
Revolution and Counterrevolution
"The Loan that Saved Russia"
Implementing the October Manifesto
The Last Lap
Exile? Assassination? May 1906-June 1907
The Stolypin Years, June 1907-September 1911
Last Years, 1911-1915
Name Index
Subject Index
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