The Lost Fortune of the Tsars.Harvey Pitcher gained widespread recognition for his book on the English nannie in Russia, When Miss Emmie Was in Russia, but he has also published six other books on Russian topics. This latest gives us a day-by-day account of the revolutions that toppled first the Tsarist government of Nicholas II Nicholas II, pope
Nicholas II (c.1010–61), pope (1058–61), a Roman named Gerard, b. Lorraine, France; successor to Pope Stephen IX. A strong proponent of papal reform, he issued (1059) the Papal Election Decree in an effort to minimize political and then the liberal republic that replaced it. For his sources Mr. Pitcher turned to a little used source, the accounts of those Englishmen and Americans who were in Russia in 1917-18 and who were caught up in the unfolding catastrophe. While most of the sources are published, several manuscript records, found in the Leeds Russian Archive, the National Library of Wales The National Library of Wales (Welsh: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru) is the national legal deposit library of Wales, located in Aberystwyth. It is an Assembly Sponsored Public Body. and Cambridge University Library The Cambridge University Library is the centrally-administered library of the University of Cambridge in England. It comprises five separate libraries:
William Clarke's book takes off where Harvey Pitcher's stops, with the collapse of Tsarist Russia. He had produced something like a 'financial history' of the fall of the Romanovs. Mr. Clarke's researches have been conducted over many years and in many places and his description of his own detective work lets readers share his own excitement in unravelling a combination of mysteries. He uses a vast array of sources and puts his own financial acumen - he was at one time Financial Editor of The Times and head of the British Invisible Exports Council - to good effect in disentangling the complicated financial questions involved in the collapse of one of history's greatest empires.
Mr. Clarke discusses a wide variety of questions but first re-tells the story of the collapse of 1917-1918 and of the murder of the Imperial Russian Family. (For some odd reason the Romanovs are frequently referred to as a 'royal' family.) The real value of the book lies in Part III which is labelled, 'Fortune'. William Clarke William Clarke may refer to: People
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v.intr. even if his conclusions are, to those who prefer legends to facts, disappointing. In passing one must say that the chapter on Gold (12) is a very good analysis of the relationship of gold, money and government spending Government spending or government expenditure consists of government purchases, which can be financed by seigniorage, taxes, or government borrowing. It is considered to be one of the major components of gross domestic product. during the First World War.
The author's conclusion is that the 'Romanov fortune' outside Russia amounted to investments in Germany in the names of the Tsar's children and in that of the Tsarina along with some investments by the Court, also in Germany. In addition there were investments by the Tsar's government. These last investments were large and have often been confused with the Imperial Family's investments. The Tsar himself had closed his foreign accounts because of the war. There is, in short, no vast Romanov fortune waiting to be claimed. Even the Imperial Russian government's investments were set against Russian indebtedness to Allied powers Allied Powers
Nations allied in opposition to the Central Powers in World War I or to the Axis Powers in World War II. The original Allies in World War I—the British Empire, France, and the Russian Empire—were later joined by many . One is also grateful that he has laid to rest once and for all the story that Queen Mary Queen Mary, Queen Marie, or Queen Maria may refer to: Queens
One does wish, however, that imperial as well as metric measurements could be given for those millions of people who use English standards both here and in America. Certain judgements may also be questioned. Why should anyone be surprised that Nicholas II wished to invest in war loans after his abdication abdication, in a political sense, renunciation of high public office, usually by a monarch. Some abdications have been purely voluntary and resulted in no loss of prestige. ? He was a very patriotic Russian who wished to win the war into which he had led the Russian Empire The subject of this article was previously also known as Russia. For other uses, see Russia (disambiguation)
The Russian Empire (Pre-reform Russian: Pоссiйская Имперiя, Modern Russian: . To say that Alfonso XIII's wishing to co-ordinate with George V George V, king of Great Britain and Ireland
George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert), 1865–1936, king of Great Britain and Ireland (1910–36), second son and successor of Edward VII. about helping Russian emigres is a sign of 'male chauvinism' is peculiar to say the least. It really was a ease of common sense. Like so many modern books, English clergymen are referred to by the American use of that nomenclature nomenclature /no·men·cla·ture/ (no´men-kla?cher) a classified system of names, as of anatomical structures, organisms, etc.
binomial nomenclature . Thus we have 'The Revd Tann's ...' for 'The Rev Mr Tann's ...'.
A constructive critic only spends time criticising aspects of a book if he thinks highly of the book in the first place. That is the case here for this volume answers questions which have needed answering for a long time and does so in a thoroughly masterful manner.