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The Fall of TsarismUntold Stories of the February 1917 Revolution$
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Semion Lyandres

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235759

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235759.001.0001

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Aleksandr Fedorovich Kerenskii

Aleksandr Fedorovich Kerenskii

(p.218) 11 Aleksandr Fedorovich Kerenskii
The Fall of Tsarism

Semion Lyandres

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a translation of the Russian-language transcripts of the interview with AleksandrFedorovichKerenskii (1881–1970), the leading personality of the February Revolution and the most recognized figure in the Provisional Government.The interview underscores two of Kerenskii's chief contributions to the overthrow of the old regime. He was the organizer and first commander of the Duma Military Commission, which seized key government buildings, carried out the first arrests of tsarist officials, and successfully neutralized or fought against loyal government forces. Kerenskii's other pivotal contribution was to end the monarchical form of government in Russia. On 3 March he played the single most important role in persuading Grand Duke Mikhail to renounce the throne, thereby ending the three-hundred-year reign of the Romanov dynasty and effectively eliminating any realistic prospects for its restoration. This interview represents Kerenskii'searliest, most expansive, and most reliable testimony on the February Revolution.

Keywords:   military commission, abdication of Grand Duke Mikhail, provisional government, A.I. Guchkov, Iu.M. Steklov, P.N. Miliukov, Order No. 1, war and navy minister

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