In A Reluctant Parliament, noted historian Alexandra S. Korros deftly explores the organization and operation of the Russian Empire's State Council in the wake of the 1905 revolution. Korros dismisses the traditional interpretation that the State Council was a monolithic opponent to reform and focuses on the complex political maneuvering between those of its members anxious to make the legislative chambers work, and those determined to turn Russia away from the path of constitutional monarchy. Based on extensive research on primary sources-many of which have not been previously examined--A Reluctant Parliament is an important new addition to the field of Russian History.
A Reluctant Parliament is the first work to examine the politics of this critical period in Russian history from the perspective of the empire's upper legislative chamber. Based on an impressive array of archival and published sources, Alexandra Korros lays before us the rich politics of a body generally ignored by historians or overshadowed by the more contentious Duma.--David Darrow, University of Dayton