Rise and Fall of the Romanovs

Rise and Fall of the Romanovs

Rise and Fall of the Romanovs

Rise and Fall of the Romanovs

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The story of the three-century-old Romanov dynasty is so closely interwoven with the history of Russia that an account of one without the other hardly makes any sense. The "If" historian can be promised a fascinating time in taking up such hypothetical questions as these: How different would the course of Russian history have been had there never been a Peter the Great? What might have been the effect upon the course of western European history had Alexander I been willing to coöperate with Napoleon in enforcing the Continental Blockade? What would have been the fate of Austria had Nicholas I been a "neutralist" or "isolationist" in 1848? Whatever the answers to these endless questions might be, one thing becomes increasingly clear: regardless of the part the masses might play in history, their rulers are not to be dismissed as negligible historical factors. Strong or weak, active or apathetic, sovereigns in Russian history have left deep imprints upon the course of events and helped to shape the pattern of national life. Whether they accelerated expansion or preferred the status quo, whether they maintained peace or delivered war, they contributed more than their share to the shaping of national history. If the reader derives this conclusion, the author's effort in presenting this historical account is fully justified.

Stanford University ANATOLE G. MAZOUR

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