How did autocracy operate in Russia during the First World War?

Bennett, Amelia (2016) How did autocracy operate in Russia during the First World War? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will be analysing how Autocracy operated in Russia during the First World War. It will highlight the strengths of Autocracy that have been overlooked by many historians. In addition, it will show where Russian Autocracy gave away some of its powers in order to work within the circumstances of war. Until the start of the 1970s, there had been little historiography about the positive aspects of Autocracy’s role in the war because Russia would have released information supporting the views of Soviet historians which presented Autocracy in a negative light. Because of the fall of the autocratic regime before the end of the First World War, the historiography provided has tended to focus on the negative aspects of Russian Autocracy. This is why I have chosen to focus upon the positive implications of Autocracy during the war. By analysing letters, speeches and documented conversations between Government officials, one can see how influential Russia figures felt towards Autocracy and how the different political sectors worked within the regime. By using British newspapers, one can investigate how Russia’s democratic allies perceived the autocratic system.
    The definition of autocracy is where one individual has unlimited power. The Tsar adapted the regime by granting responsibilities to other political institutions who had never been given such tasks in peacetime. This was a political development introduced in order to meet the needs of the war. This dissertation will examine if Autocracy changed throughout its war experience and how it adapted to the war time situation in which Russia found herself.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 16:01
    Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 16:01
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/20923

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