9781594039539-1594039534-The Reformer: How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution

The Reformer: How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution

ISBN-13: 9781594039539
ISBN-10: 1594039534
Author: Williams, Stephen F.
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: Encounter Books
Format: Hardcover 496 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781594039539
ISBN-10: 1594039534
Author: Williams, Stephen F.
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: Encounter Books
Format: Hardcover 496 pages

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Acknowledged authors Williams, Stephen F. wrote The Reformer: How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution comprising 496 pages back in 2017. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1594039534 and 9781594039539. Since then The Reformer: How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Besides absolutists of the right (the tsar and his adherents) and left (Lenin and his fellow Bolsheviks), the Russian political landscape in 1917 featured moderates seeking liberal reform and a rapid evolution towards a constitutional monarchy. Vasily Maklakov, a lawyer, legislator and public intellectual, was among the most prominent of these, and the most articulate and sophisticated advocate of the rule of law, the linchpin of liberalism.

This book tells the story of his efforts and his analysis of the reasons for their ultimate failure. It is thus, in part, an example for movements seeking to liberalize authoritarian countries today―both as a warning and a guide.

Although never a cabinet member or the head of his political party―the Constitutional Democrats or “Kadets”―Maklakov was deeply involved in most of the political events of the period. He was defense counsel for individuals resisting the regime (or charged simply for being of the wrong ethnicity, such as Menahem Beilis, sometimes considered the Russian Dreyfus). He was continuously a member of the Kadets’ central committee and their most compelling orator. As a somewhat maverick (and moderate) Kadet, he stood not only between the country’s absolute extremes (the reactionary monarchists and the revolutionaries), but also between the two more or less liberal centrist parties, the Kadets on the center left, and the Octobrists on the center right. As a member of the Second, Third and Fourth Dumas (1907-1917), he advocated a wide range of reforms, especially in the realms of religious freedom, national minorities, judicial independence, citizens’ judicial remedies, and peasant rights.

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