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The Abdication of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia


by Nicolas de Basily



About the Book:

    These are the memoirs of Nicolas de Basily, a highly placed member of the Russian foreign service during the years before the 1917 Revolution. The author came from a long line of distinguished Russian diplomats and traveled in the high society of St. Petersburg. He chose to remain aloof from reform in domestic politics in order to devote himself more fully to foreign service and foreign policy. Nevertheless, in this memoir, he gives personal sketches and character judgments of all the leading politicians of the day.

    Basily was particularly interested in the control of Constantinople and the Turkish straits, and much of the book is devoted to this situation. The Russian high command asked Basily in 1914 to prepare a memorandum on the subject, with recommendations for action. The memorandum entitled "On Our Goals in Regard to the Straits" became the basis of Russian policy in that region until 1917. That memorandum is appended to this volume, along with a facsimile of the Tsar's abdication statement, which was drafted by Basily. The author, with a graceful and colorful style, gives the reader a vivid impression of both domestic and foreign policy developments in Russia between 1900 and the Revolution, particularly during the last months of the monarchy.


Publication date: 1984

Size: 6 x 9 inches.

Illustrations; appendices; index

xix; 209 pages

ISBN 978-0-940670-26-6 (hardbound)  $25.00  Buy it at Amazon.com!