Fascinating and insightful collection of lectures given by distinguished Russian scholars during a pivotal time in Russian history. The lectures provide a detailed analysis of the social, economic, and political challenges facing Russia at the dawn of the 20th century, shedding light on the complex forces that were shaping the country's future. From discussions on the role of the Russian peasant in society to debates on the country's political institutions and the challenges of modernizing the economy, these lectures offer a rare glimpse into the intellectual landscape of pre-revolutionary Russia. Written in a clear and accessible style, the lectures provide an invaluable resource for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of Russian society and politics during this turbulent period. A must-read for scholars of Russian history, as well as anyone interested in the social and political dynamics of the early 20th century.