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Liberal City, Conservative State : Moscow and Russia's Urban Crisis, 1906-1914 - Robert William Thurston

Liberal City, Conservative State

Moscow and Russia's Urban Crisis, 1906-1914

Hardcover Published: 17th September 1987
ISBN: 9780195043310
Number Of Pages: 286

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Between 1906 and the outbreak of World War I, Moscow was the locale of great uncertainty and experimentation. Moscow's liberal leaders sought social and political stability for their city following the violence of the 1905 revolution by offering attractive programs in education, employment, housing and other areas to Moscow's unruly lower classes. They were countered in their efforts, however, by central authorities of the Old Regime, who feared the political effects of these programs and stressed social rigidity. Liberal City, Conservative State examines the resulting clash between the city and the state as it brought to the surface and exacerbated the deep tensions plaguing Russia by the eve of World War I. It focuses on the roots of this dispute, juxtaposing the Old Regime's rural background and orientation with the urban concerns of Moscow's liberals, and sees the state's essential failure in its inability to come to terms with the realities of urban life and growth. Providing new perspectives and insights into Russian liberalism, the scope and urgency of urban problems, and the importance of tsarist ideology in conditioning development after 1905, Moscow's story sheds light on the unsolved dilemmas and contradictions that pushed Russia inexorably toward revolution.

"An outstanding contribution to the growing body of first-rate monographic literature on the historical milieu of Russia's pre-Revolutionary cities....Based on an impressive array of archival resources and printed documentary collections."--Choice "Extremely well researched...and does provide excellent discussions of Moscow's urban landscape and social profile (1906-14) and the structure and commpetence of municipal government, education, social services, and municipal finances....The rich discussions of the municipal police and labor policy round out a very successful synthesis of social and political history in the urban setting."--American Historical Review "A careful, detailed account of Moscow's municipal politics and urban history in the years between the Revolution of 1905 and the outbreak of World War I. Thurston's book raises issues central to the debate among historians on the factors leading to the fall of the autocracy....A major contribution to Russian historiography."--Daniel R. Brower, University of California, Davis "In sum, Thurston's balanced and detailed study deserves to be read by anyone interested in Russian urban history, and the conflicts and contrasts between local elites and the state authorities."--The Russian Review "An outstanding contribution to the growing body of first-rate monographic literature on the historical milieu of Russia's pre-Revolutionary cities....Based on an impressive array of archival resources and printed documentary collections."--Choice "Extremely well researched...and does provide excellent discussions of Moscow's urban landscape and social profile (1906-14) and the structure and commpetence of municipal government, education, social services, and municipal finances....The rich discussions of the municipal police and labor policy round out a very successful synthesis of social and political history in the urban setting."--American Historical Review "A careful, detailed account of Moscow's municipal politics and urban history in the years between the Revolution of 1905 and the outbreak of World War I. Thurston's book raises issues central to the debate among historians on the factors leading to the fall of the autocracy....A major contribution to Russian historiography."--Daniel R. Brower, University of California, Davis "In sum, Thurston's balanced and detailed study deserves to be read by anyone interested in Russian urban history, and the conflicts and contrasts between local elites and the state authorities."--The Russian Review

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Note on Transliteration and Datesp. xi
Introductionp. 3
The Character of the City, 1906-1914p. 12
The Elected City Government: Legal Competence and Financial Positionp. 32
Who the City Fathers Were: Social Composition and Politics of the Elected Officialsp. 59
The Police at Work: the Tsarist Administration in Moscowp. 85
Responding to Labor Issues: the Approaches of the State and """"Society"""" in Moscowp. 104
Municipal Servicesp. 132
Educationp. 154
Conclusionp. 181
Epilogue: War, Revolution, and Beyondp. 192
Comparative Infant Mortality and Death Ratesp. 196
Glossary of Russian Termsp. 209
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 244
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780195043310
ISBN-10: 0195043316
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 17th September 1987
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.0  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.59