Russian Conservatism and Status Quo, 1907-1917
The lecture analyzes the attitude of Russian conservatives to the political order which emerged in the country in 1905-1907. It suggests that deep dissatisfaction with the status quo had become a characteristic feature of Russian conservatism between Revolitions of 1905 and 1917. Conservatives interpreted the growth of social and political tensions inside, problems in foreign relations, and Great War’s failures as evidences of the inadequacy of new power structure and Russia’s political leadership. Being intellectually and emotionally concentrated on the weaknesses of the “Renewed Russia”, they did not try to defend it in February 1917, or to restore it later.
Mikhail Lukianov is Professor at the Department of Modern Russian History at Perm State University and is currently a Professorial Research Fellow at the Department of History, CEU. He researches history of Russian conservatism at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. His “Russian Conservatism and Reform, 1907-1914” (in Russian) was first published by Perm State University Press in 2001 and then, as revised and enlarged edition, by ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart in 2006. He published articles in the Slavic Review, Russian History, Kritika, Journal of Modern Russian History and Historiography, Russian Studies in History. The lecture is a part of his work within the boundaries of the international project “Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922 The Centennial Reappraisal”.