The February revolution, Petrograd 1917: the end of the Tsarist regime and the birth of dual power - Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

The most comprehensive book on the revolution that toppled the Tsarist monarchy and ushered in the next stage of the Russian Revolution. Hasegawa presents in detail the intense drama of the nine days of the revolution, including the workers' strike, soldiers' revolt, the scrambling of revolutionary party activists to control the revolution, and the liberals’ conspiracy to force Tsar Nicholas II to abdicate.

Submitted by Craftwork on January 14, 2018

Based on his previous work, published in 1981, the author has revised, enlarged, and reinterpreted the complexity of the February Revolution, resulting in a major and timely reassessment on the occasion of its centennial.


Russia and the First World War

1 Russia Enters the War

2 The Political Crisis of the Summer 1915

3 Deepening Gulf: The Government and the Liberals, 1916

4 Petrograd during the War

5 The War and the Workers

6 The War and the Revolutionary Parties

On the Eve

7 The Tsar, the Tsarina, and the Government

8 The Security of Petrograd

9 The Liberal Opposition

10 The Liberals, Conspiracies, and the Freemasons

11 The Workers and the Revolutionary Parties

The Uprising

12 The Beginning: February 23

13 The Second Day: February 24

14 The General Strike: February 25

15 Bloody Sunday: February 26

16 The Insurrection, February 27

The Petrograd Soviet and the Duma Committee

17 The Formation of the Petrograd Soviet

18 The Formation of the Duma Committee

19 The First Steps of the Duma Committee

20 The Petrograd Soviet and the Masses

21 The ‘Transfer’ of Power

The Abdication of Nicholas II

22 Nicholas II and the Revolution

23 The Duma Committee and the Monarchy

24 The Stavka and Counterrevolutionary Attempts

25 The Abdication of Nicholas II

26 The Duma Committee’s Delegates

The Formation of the Provisional Government and the Birth of Dual Power

27 The Formation of the Provisional Government

28 Grand Duke Mikhail Aleksandrovich’s Renunciation of the Throne

29 The Provisional Government, the State Duma, and the Birth of Dual Power

30 Conclusion