In the Wake of Empire
In the Wake of Empire

In the Wake of Empire

Anti-Bolshevik Russia in International Affairs, 1917–1920


572 Pages, 6 x 9

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Hardcover, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $66.95)

Publication Date: January 2021

ISBN 9780817924249


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From 1917 to 1920, as the Bolsheviks consolidated power and nursed global ambitions, anti-Bolshevik “Whites” struggled to achieve a different vision for the future of Russia. This book illuminates the White campaign with fresh purpose and information from the Hoover Institution Archives, exploring how diverse White factions overcame internal tensions to lobby for recognition on the world stage, only to fail—in part because of the West’s desire to leave “the Russian question” to Russians alone.


"Shmelev demonstrates that although the diplomats who served the White cause had a weak hand to play, nevertheless they remained faithful to the cause of a united, powerful Russia." —Peter Kenez, professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz

"A tour de force that unravels the complex and tragic story of the Russian diplomats stranded abroad by the Bolshevik revolution." —David McDonald, Alice D. Mortenson-Petrovich Distinguished Chair in Russian History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Engagingly written, erudite, and encyclopedic in scope, the definitive study in any language of the ‘other Russia’s’ ultimately doomed attempt to retain great power status. Shmelev’s archival research is nothing short of herculean." —David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, professor of Russian history, Brock University


"By illuminating a neglected aspect of a doomed cause, In the Wake of Empire invites the thought that victors may write history, but losers have more interesting things to say." —John J. Stephan, professor of history emeritus, University of Hawaii

"Shmelev’s splendid monograph gives its readers, all of whom live in interesting times, a great deal to think about." — Martin Dewhirst, Slavonic and East European Review

Author Biography

Anatol Shmelev is a research fellow and Robert Conquest Curator for Russia and Eurasia at the Hoover Institution. His area of specialization is the Russian Civil War, 1917–22.