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Author: Peter Gatrell
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
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The story of Russia's First World War remains largely unknown, neglected by historians who have been more interested in the grand drama that unfolded in 1917. In Russia's First World War: A Social and Economic History Peter Gatrell shows that war is itself 'revolutionary' - rupturing established social and economic ties, but also creating new social and economic relationships, affiliations, practices and  Read more...
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History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gatrell, Peter.
Russia's First World War : A Social and Economic History.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Gatrell
ISBN: 9781317881391 1317881397
OCLC Number: 884014233
Notes: Conclusions.
Description: 1 online resource (340 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of tables; Preface and acknowledgements; Publisher's acknowledgements; Maps; Introduction; 1 The front line, 1914-1916; 1.1 Tsarist military campaigns; 1.2 The initial phase of mobilisation: manpower, munitions and money; 1.3 Military administration and civilian life at the front; 1.4 Retreat and evacuation; Conclusions; 2 'Educated society' and the Russian elite; 2.1 Field work: the Union of Zemstvos and the Union of Towns; 2.2 Shell shock: the war industry committees. 2.3 Expert knowledge and professional expertise in wartime2.4 The landed elite; 2.5 The middle classes; Conclusions; 3 Narod: plebeian society during the war; 3.1 Soldiers and soldiering; 3.2 Workers and the urban milieu; 3.3 Peasant society during the war; 3.4 On the margins; Conclusions; 4 Tsarist authority in question, 1915-1916; 4.1 Propaganda, tsarist institutions and state surveillance; 4.2 Tsarism fights back: the formation of the special councils; 4.3 Economic management: the special councils in action; 4.4 The personal rule of Nicholas II and the crisis of high politics; Conclusions. 5 Mobilising industry: Russia's war economy at full stretch5.1 Key inputs: fuel and raw materials; 5.2 The labour force: recruitment, retention and motivation; 5.3 Capital investment and the re-equipment of industry; 5.4 'All the instruments for causing pain': manufacturing munitions; 5.5 Poor relations: other branches of manufacturing; Conclusions; 6 Paying for the war, Russian style; 6.1 War budgets, 1915-1917: fiscal convention and innovation; 6.2 Government domestic borrowing; 6.3 The import bill, Allied credits and Russia's balance of payments; 6.4 The behaviour of prices. 6.5 The Russian banking systemConclusions; 7 Feeding Russia: food supply as Achilles' heel; 7.1 Agriculture: the main inputs; 7.2 The productive effort; 7.3 Food supply: prescriptions and policies; 7.4 Securing food: front line, town, and country; Conclusions; 8 Economic nationalism and the mobilisation of ethnicity in the 'great patriotic war'; 8.1 The 'enemy within': targeting Germans, Jews and others; 8.2 Combat units and prisoners of war: the new politics of ethnicity; 8.3 Refugees and national identity; 8.4 Crisis in the periphery: the revolt in Central Asia, 1916; Conclusions. 9 Hierarchy subverted: the February Revolution and the Provisional Government9.1 Regime change: the Provisional Government and the war effort; 9.2 Hierarchy and democracy: wars in the workplace, trench and village; 9.3 Government regulation and the economic crisis; 9.4 Radical solutions and outcomes; Conclusions; 10 Economic meltdown and revolutionary objectives: between European war and Civil War, 1917-1918; 10.1 Class war and economic collapse; 10.2 Population displacement and territorial fragmentation; 10.3 Demobilisation and re-mobilisation; 10.4 Reconstruction and the war on backwardness.

Abstract:

The story of Russia's First World War remains largely unknown, neglected by historians who have been more interested in the grand drama that unfolded in 1917. In Russia's First World War: A Social and Economic History Peter Gatrell shows that war is itself 'revolutionary' - rupturing established social and economic ties, but also creating new social and economic relationships, affiliations, practices and opportunities. Russia's First World War brings together the findings of Russian and non-Russian historians, and draws upon fresh research. It turns the spotlight on what Churchill ca.

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