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Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich
Supreme Commander of the Russian Army
Distinguished Book Award for Biography, the Society for Military History, 2016
“This is a well-written and important biography. Robinson has tackled an important figure with energy and diligence and has produced the definitive study of Nikolai Nikolaevich’s life.”—Joshua A. Sanborn, author of Drafting the Russian Nation: Military Conscription, Total War, and Mass Politics, 1905–1925
"Paul Robinson's new biography of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich, who commanded the tsarist war effort during its first year, provides a welcome corrective to [the] stereotype of tsarist incompetence and corruption."—David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Literary Review of Canada
“One of this book’s strengths rests in voluminous and copious quotes used to paint a vivid portrait of the last Romanov military leader. The grand duke, sometimes portrayed as a high-strung womanizer, emerges from the pages of Robinson’s book as a mature military and political leader.” —The Russian Review
Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanov (1856–1929) was a key figure in late Imperial Russia, and one of its foremost soldiers. At the outbreak of World War I, his cousin, Tsar Nicholas II, appointed him Supreme Commander of the Russian Army. From 1914 to 1915, and then again briefly in
1917, he was commander of the largest army in the world in the greatest war the world had ever seen. His appointment reflected the fact that he was perhaps
the man the last Emperor of Russia trusted the most. At six foot six, the Grand Duke towered over those around him. His fierce temper was a matter of legend. However, as Robinson’s vivid account shows, he had a more complex personality than either his supporters or detractors believed.
Aug 2014 6x9 465 page 14 illus.
Paul Robinson is professor of public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is author of several books, including The White Russian Army in Exile, 1920–1941, and, most recently, co-author of Aiding Afghanistan: A History of Soviet Assistance to a Developing Country.
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