The era of Emperor Nicholas II (1894-1917) is still shrouded in many myths. Propaganda fueled by revolutionaries, created myths and lies about a low standard of living, bad medicine, inaccessible education, etc to help fuel their efforts to discredit the Sovereign and Tsarist rule. This book strikes at the very foundation of these myths – on the basis of new documents, including those bearing the stamp “Top Secret” held in Soviet archives for much of the 20th century.
The truth of life in Imperial Russia during the reign of Nicholas II is revealed by Moscow historian and researcher Andrey Anatolyevich Borisyuk. His recently published book The History of Russia, Which Was Ordered to be Forgotten. Nicholas II and His Time (История России, которую приказали забыть. Николай II и его время) provides information that before the revolution, Russia was the world’s leader in terms of industrial development, the tsarist government developed science and education, and Russia was one of the countries that legislated the progress of mankind. As early as the 1910s, imperial scholars were puzzled by the problem of space exploration and the study of atomic energy.
In this book, such topics as industry, education and medicine during the era of Nicholas II are compared with world leaders and other epochs of the history of Russia. Comparisons affect the era of Alexander II, Alexander III, Ulyanov (Lenin), Dzhugashvili (Stalin) and even Yeltsin. The data are presented in clear graphs and tables. The book considers the moral and ideological level of the revolutionary crisis. Both the all-Russian processes and the development of the regions-the construction of cities, resorts and even the development of deserts on the southern borders of the Empire are shown. Borisyuk’s book reveals the real Russia of Nicholas II.
The History of Russia, Which Was Ordered to be Forgotten. Nicholas II and His Time (published June 2018 in Russian only) features 11 chapters and richly illustrated throughout with hundreds of vintage photographs from Russian archives and private collections, many of which have been specially colourized for this edition.
Author: Historian and researcher Borisyuk Andrey Anatolyevich, specializes in the reign of Nicholas II, 20th-century revolution, the First World War, the life and work of Patriarch Tikhon, and the spiritual and moral meaning of the historical process, political culture and the history of political struggle of the 21st century.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 June 2018