Max Weber The Russian Revolutions

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Will challenges to Russia's ruling regime lead to a constitutional government? Can Russia develop and sustain the institutions of a market economy and a liberal state? Which groups and leaders will emerge as the agents of liberalization? These questions―which resonate today in the aftermath of the demise of the Soviet Union―were posed by Max Weber in 1905, when he decided to document the revolutionary upheaval in Tsarist Russia. Available here for the first time in English translation are Weber's chronicles of the 1905 Revolution, accompanied by two brief essays on the 1917 political crisis that prefigured the Bolshevik Revolution.

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In the spring of 1905 Weber turned the full power of his intellect to the revolutionary events in Russia. Fascinated by the world-historical importance of the revolution, and dismayed by the coverage it received in the German press, Weber set out to write his own 'chronicles'. This book is the first English-language edition of these writings, and it also includes two essays written by Weber in the aftermath of the February revolution of 1917.


Weber examines the various social classes which might function as the bearers of democratization in Russia, and comes to pessimistic conclusions. He explicitly addresses the dynamics of class conflict, as well as the conditions and consequences of revolution.


Weber discusses the events of 1905 and February 1917, accurately predicting that 'only a disastrous European war would lead to the final overthrow of the autocracy.' He examines the issue of Russian 'liberalization' and its prospects in a way that, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, has great relevance today.


With its close attention to detail, its acute cameos of the major players in the revolutions and its often prophetic judgment, this book is a tour-de-force of political writing. It will add a significant chapter to our understanding of Weber's life and work.


The Russian Revolutions will be welcomed by students and researchers in politics, sociology, modern history and Russian studies.

About the Author:

Max Weber (1864-1920) was a key figure in the development of the social sciences and wrote many works in the fields of sociology, politics, economics and law. In the course of his career he taught at the universities of Freiburg, Heidelberg and Munich.

Gordon C. Wells is Senior Lecturer in German at Coventry University.

Peter Baehr is Associate Professor in Sociology at the Memorial University at Newfoundland.

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