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Ascher, Abraham 1928-

Works: 53 works in 267 publications in 6 languages and 9,139 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: DK606.K7, 914.731
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Most widely held works by Abraham Ascher
The Kremlin by Abraham Ascher( Book )

22 editions published between 1971 and 1981 in 4 languages and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Supplementing this ... narrative are some 120 illustrations--one half in full color. Manuscript illuminations, revered icons--both religious and historical--and numerous paintings, woodcuts, and modern photographs trace the evolution of the Kremlin through the more than eight centuries of its tumultuous history"--Cover
The Revolution of 1905 by Abraham Ascher( Book )

35 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though it has been conventional to see the revolution as ending with the suppression of the Moscow Uprising in December 1905, the author argues that Russians at the time certainly did not see it that way. Sporadic unrest and lawlessness continued into 1907, and many expected that new disorders comparable to those of 1905 would break out. Everything hinged on the Duma, which the Tsar had promised to convene in his October Manifesto. Would the Tsar honor his commitment? What would the Duma's composition be? What might it accomplish, and what transformations might it achieve in the Russian system of government? Russians of every station and political orientation had their own ideas about the Duma. The Kadets (Constitutional Democrats) planned to use it to continue the struggle against autocracy through constitutional means; the peasants hoped it would give them land; revolutionaries feared it would undercut their appeal among urban workers and organized a campaign to boycott the elections to it; and the Tsar and his supporters had deep misgivings about it and tried in every way to sabotage it. The author convincingly argues that the final skirmishes of the revolution took place not on the barricades but in the halls of the Tauride Palace, where the Duma met, argued, was dissolved, and then met again. The struggles were now often procedural - for example, whether the Duma had the right to discuss legislative proposals before the government had devoted a full month to examining them - but the issues were fundamental if Russia was to experience a lasting transformation. The eventual failure of the Duma experiment of 1906 and 1907 had many causes. As the author shows, radicals on the left eventually turned against it with the same ferocity as those on the extreme right who had wanted it abolished all along. The tragedy of 1906-7 lay in the failure of the moderate parties of the center to forge a working relationship with the Tsar and his ministers. The causes of this failure are thoroughly and convincingly set out by the author in the final chapters of this monumental work on an important turning point in modern Russian history. The second and final volume of the author's definitive study of the Revolution of 1905 and its aftermath focuses on the years 1906 and 1907, and in particular on the struggle over the Duma, the elected legislature that was the principal fruit of the events of 1905
Pavel Axelrod and the development of Menshevism by Abraham Ascher( Book )

20 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mensheviks in the Russian Revolution by Abraham Ascher( Book )

14 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

P.A. Stolypin : the search for stability in late Imperial Russia by Abraham Ascher( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Abraham Ascher is Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York."--Jacket
The Revolution of 1905 : a short history by Abraham Ascher( Book )

13 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a concise history of the Revolution of 1905 -- a critical juncture in the history of Russia when several possible paths were opened up for the country. By the end of that year, virtually every social group had become active in the opposition to the autocracy, which was on the verge of collapse. Only the promise of reform, in particular the formation of a parliament (Duma) that would participate in governing the country, enabled the old order to survive. For some eighteen months the opposition and the Tsarist regime continued to struggle for supremacy, and only in June 1907 did the government reassert its authority. It drastically changed the relatively liberal electoral law, depriving many citizens of the vote. Although the revolution was now over, some institutional changes remained intact. Most notably, Russia retained an elected legislature and political parties speaking for various social and economic interests. As a result, the autocratic system of rule was undermined, and the fate of the political and social order remained uncertain
Russia : a short history by Abraham Ascher( Book )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and German and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Extending from the beginnings of the first Slavic state to the election of new President Dmitry Medvedev, this is a concise and thoughtful guide to the turbulent history of Russia and its people. Paying particular attention to the implications of a future without Putin at its helm, Abraham Ascher provides a skillful blend of detail and analysis for all the key points in Russian history, including the reign of Ivan the Terrible, the Bolshevik Revolution, the Great Purge, and Russia's recent posturing in world energy markets."--Jacket
The mutual effects of the Islamic and Judeo-Christian worlds : the East European pattern by Abraham Ascher( Book )

16 editions published between 1976 and 1986 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A community under siege : the Jews of Breslau under Nazism by Abraham Ascher( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a study of how the Jewish community of Breslau - the third largest and one of the most affluent in Germany - coped with Nazi persecution. Ascher has included the experiences of his immediate family, although the book is based mainly on archival sources, numerous personal reminiscences, as well as publications by the Jewish community in the 1930s. It is the first comprehensive study of a local Jewish community in Germany under Nazi rule. Until the very end, the Breslau Jews maintained a stance of defiance and sought to persevere as a cohesive group with its own institutions. They categorically denied the Nazi claim that they were not genuine Germans, but at the same time they also refused to abandon their Jewish heritage. They created a new school for the children evicted from public schools, established a variety of new cultural institutions, placed new emphasis on religious observance, maintained the Jewish hospital against all odds, and, perhaps most remarkably, increased the range of welfare services, which were desperately needed as more and more of their number lost their livelihood. In short, the Jews of Breslau refused to abandon either their institutions or the values that they had nurtured for decades. In the end, it was of no avail as the Nazis used their overwhelming power to liquidate the community by force."--Publisher's description
Was Hitler a riddle? : western democracies and national socialism by Abraham Ascher( Book )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was Hitler A Riddle? is the first comparative study of how British, French, and American diplomats serving in Germany assessed Hitler and the Nazi movement. These assessments provided the governments in London, Paris, and Washington with ample information about the ruthlessness of the authorities in Germany and of their determination to conquer vast stretches of Europe. Had the British, French, and American leaders acted on this information and taken measures to rein in Hitler, the history of the twentieth century would have been far less bloody: the second world war might well have been avoided, the Soviet Union would not have expanded into central and eastern Europe, and the world would have been spared the Cold War --
The Russian Revolution : a beginner's guide by Abraham Ascher( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1917: the year a series of rebellions toppled three centuries of autocratic rule and placed a group of political radicals in charge of a world power. Here, suddenly, was the first modern socialist state, ?a kingdom more bright that any heaven had to offer?. But the dream was short-lived, bringing in its wake seventy years of conflict and instability that nearly ended in nuclear war. How could such a revolution take place and what caused it to go so very wrong? Presenting a uniquely long view of events, Abraham Ascher takes readers from the seeds of revolution in the 1880s right through to Stalin?s state terror and the power of the communist legacy in Russia today. Original and shrewd, Ascher?s analysis offers an unparalled introduction to this watershed period in world history
The Revolution of 1905 by Abraham Ascher( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and Russian and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stalin : a beginner's guide by Abraham Ascher( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joseph Stalin began life as a frail child, with an abusive father and an inferiority complex. This triggered an early desire for greatness and respect that would eventually turn the young Bolshevik idealist into one of the most ruthless dictators in modern history. Like his contemporary, Adolf Hitler, Stalin was responsible for millions of deaths and inflicted barbaric cruelty on the Soviet people. But while Hitler is readily portrayed as a monster, Stalin has not been subjected to quite the same level of vitriol. In Stalin: A Beginner's Guide, renowned historian Abraham Ascher analyses new and old sources, separating truths from falsehoods to present an unvarnished portrait of the Soviet leader"-- Publisher description
Studying Russian and Soviet history by Abraham Ascher( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays were written to assist teachers in the task of making Russian history intelligible to young U.S. students. In "An Approach to Russian History," Edward Keenan proposes that students need to gain a better understanding of how Russians perceive themselves and their history. In "Pre-Petrine Russia," Andrzej S. Kaminski focuses on the origins of the state, problems of the steppe, autocracy, structure of society, church, and the multinational character of the state. Marc Raeff describes developments during the 18th century in "Russia From 1689 to 1825/55." Richard Wortman discusses how the political, social, and cultural settings defined the way in which ideas were understood and used in "Russian Intellectual History to 1917: An Introduction." Abraham Ascher delineates the fundamental economic, political, and social changes that took place in "Revolutionary Russia, 1861-1921." Robert C. Tucker's aim is to put the Soviet Union's history into a Russian perspective in the essay, "Soviet Russia under Lenin and Stalin: 1921-1953." Vojtech Mastny discusses "The Soviet Union since 1953." The scholars also include bibliographic essays to help teachers locate materials that are usable in teaching Russian history. An eight-page index is provided. (Sm)
National solidarity and imperial power : the sources and early development of social imper[i]alist thought in Germany, 1871-1914 by Abraham Ascher( )

6 editions published between 1957 and 1975 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perezhitoe i peredumannoe by P. B Akselʹrod( Book )

6 editions published in 1975 in Russian and English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anikin - Bailov Rocks( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The revolution of 1905 by Abraham Ascher( Book )

in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russia a short history by Abraham Ascher( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Abraham Ascher offers a skillful blend of engaging narrative and fresh analysis in this concise introduction to Russian history. Newly updated on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, it covers the growing political tensions between Russia and its neighbors, and the mounting divergence between Russian and U.S. foreign policies. This stimulating and beautifully written introduction will prove enlightening for students, scholars, and travelers alike
Oblężona społeczność : wrocławscy Żydzi w czasach nazizmu by Abraham Ascher( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in Polish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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P.A. Stolypin : the search for stability in late Imperial RussiaThe Revolution of 1905 : a short historyRussia : a short historyA community under siege : the Jews of Breslau under NazismThe Revolution of 1905