August 30, 2022

Discussion with Dominic Lieven

An excerpt from, "Review: ‘The End of Tsarist Russia’ by Dominic Lieven" By Serge Schmemann, The New York Times, August 30, 2015:

Dominic Lieven’s stated reason for this contribution to the centenary literature on World War I is to place Russia “where it belongs, at the very center” of the war’s history. Certainly the war proved to be at the center of Russian history, leading to revolution, dictatorship, repression and more war.

But Mr. Lieven, a well-respected British scholar of Imperial Russia, makes the convincing case that World War I was really about the struggle of Russia and Germany for territory, status and influence in Eastern and Central Europe, in which the fate of Ukraine — shades of today — played a central role. At the end, Russia and Germany both lost, leading to a peace in which neither played a constructive part, and making a second conflict likely.

Video Title: Discussion with Dominic Lieven. Source: New Eastern Europe. Date Published: April 3, 2020. Description:

Meeting with Cambridge Historian Dominic Lieven – November 19 2018, Massolit Books in Krakow, Poland. Lieven is author of the book Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia which was recently translated into Polish (2018). The discussion is moderated by Adam Reichardt, editor in chief of New Eastern Europe.