Faculty Book: Abraham Ascher
P. A. Stolypin: The Search for Stability in Late Imperial Russia
(Stanford University Press, 2001; 468 pp.)
Abraham Ascher, distinguished professor of history at The Graduate Center, has written the first comprehensive biography in any language of Russia's leading statesman in the period following the Revolution of 1905. Prime minister and minister of internal affairs from 1906 to 1911 (when he was assassinated), Stolypin aroused deep passions among his contemporaries as well as subsequent historians. His efforts to reform the socioeconomic and political system of the empire, and to restore the tsarist aristocracy, are covered in this balanced and complex portrait. "A book well worth waiting for...carefully researched, well-argued, and highly readable," said The Wall Street Journal.
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Submitted on: DEC 1, 2002