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 called the 'unknown war', providing an authoritative account that finally does justice to the impact of war on Russia's home front
'In this mesmerising study [the kaleidoscopic complexities and contradictions within Russian society as the country struggled to stay in the war are masterfully portrayed.' "Professor Geoffrey Swain, University of the West of England" 'Gatrell is thorough and judicious in his judgments and analysis one can read this volume with full confidence in the reliability of the information.' "Daniel Orlovsky, Southern Methodist University, Dallas" 'I expect that this book will quickly find a wide audience...sure to remain a foundational text for a long time.' "Joshua Sanborn, Lafayette College" 'the definitive work on the subject ... thoughtfully constructed and brilliantly executed'. '...just the sort of reliable account of its subject that has long been needed and will benefit both specialists and students.' "Professor Lewis Siegelbaum A"merican Historical Review (vol. 111 no. 1, 2006)" 'a thought-provoking analysis ... will be the first port of call for anyone looking to understand either wartime Russia or the economic background to the 1917 Revolution'. " Professor Ewan Mawdsley Russian Review (March 2006) "