In the spring of 1905 Weber turned the full power of his intellect
to the revolutionary events in Russia. Fascinated by the
world-historical importance of the revolution, and dismayed by the
coverage it received in the German press, Weber set out to write
his own 'chronicles'. This book is the first English-language
edition of these writings, and it also includes two essays written
by Weber in the aftermath of the February revolution of 1917.
Weber examines the various social classes which might function as
the bearers of democratization in Russia, and comes to pessimistic
conclusions. He explicitly addresses the dynamics of class
conflict, as well as the conditions and consequences of
Weber discusses the events of 1905 and February 1917, accurately
predicting that 'only a disastrous European war would lead to the
final overthrow of the autocracy.' He examines the issue of Russian
'liberalization' and its prospects in a way that, after the
dissolution of the Soviet Union, has great relevance today.
With its close attention to detail, its acute cameos of the major
players in the revolutions and its often prophetic judgment, this
book is a "tour-de-force "of political writing. It will add a
significant chapter to our understanding of Weber's life and
"The Russian Revolutions" will be welcomed by students and
researchers in politics, sociology, modern history and Russian
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