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 revolution.
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 work.
The Russian Revolutions will be welcomed by students and researchers in politics, sociology, modern history and Russian studies.
2. Bourgeois Democracy in Russia.
3. Russia′s Transition to Pseudo–constitutionalism.
4. Russia′s Transition to Pseudo–democracy.
5. The Russian Revolution and the Peace. Political Parties and Associations in Russia, 1905–1906.
"This volume will be of interest to two kinds of people: those who are interested in the sociology of Max Weber and those whose field is Russian history. For the historian of Russia, Weber′s ′chronicles′ of the 1905 revolution are extremely instructive. This is not only because they give a contemporary perspective on events, but because Weber was concerned to analyse the social dynamic behind the current crisis in Russia ... the insight they provide into the peculiarities of Russian social and political development is of a genuine and enduring value. They could even be read with profit by those wishing to understand Russian society of the present day!" Slavonica