Notable as a compact social, political and revolutionary history of Russia from the Crimean War to the first World War. The author is a historian in good standing, a professor of Russian History at the University of London, and his work here, factual rather than analytical, shows exhaustive study and a real penetration into his subject. It is divided into three parts; the twenty-six year region of Alexander II, the reaction between 1881 and 1904, and the revolution and aftermath from 1905 to 1914. And within each section there is a neatly outlined discussion of the foreign policy, the social and economic activities and the revolutionary movements within the period. Lenin is analyzed in so for as his work and ideas influenced the Russians but there is little said of Marx and Marxism per se, and throughout, there is division made between historical happening and the author's own guarded opinion. Several maps complete a scholarly and standard study.