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Offline Suzanne

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I am pleased to announce the publication of my first peer reviewed scholarly article "The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna 1895-1918" in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Volume 54, Number 1-2, March-June, 2012. http://www.ualberta.ca/~csp/index.html

The Abstract is currently available on my website http://www.royalhistorian.com/the-succession-prospects-of-grand-duchess-olga-nikolaevna-1895-1918-now-available-from-canadian-slavonic-papers/

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Congratulations on the publication of your article, Suzanne!  It sounds very interesting, and I'd love to read it :)

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Yeah Suzanne nice going!

I'll be interested to hear you take on the topic if and when it's available to read in full...
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Sounds very exciting! I cannot wait to read this. :)

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Congratulations, I enjoy visiting your website very much and reading all your work.

A shame Olga did not marry Dmitry Pavlovich, as she might have then also been banished to Persia in the aftermath of Rasputin's murder, and hence saved.

I wonder if Olga's succession prospects had been more prominent or definite, would that have made certain circles within the family more pro-active in removing N&A circa 1916? I am not suggesting Olga would have wanted this at all in any way, I am thinking more along the lines of Alexander I in 1801 or Ekaterina Pavlovna in 1812... If Olga had married Dmitry Pavlovich before WWI, I think that would have made a very convincing case for an alternative to N&A as Russia lurched from one disaster to another with N away at the front as commander-in-chief presiding over a disintegrating front and A at Tsarskoe Selo firing ministers and spending all her time with "Grisha" and "Anya."
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Why would Olga succeed when there were plenty of Grand Dukes to go around?

The scenario contemplated by the Fundamental Laws indeed allowed for female succession, but only after the last male dynast was dead, which is exactly what happened after the death of Wladimir Kirillovich in 1992?

A scenario in which Olga Nikolaievna succeeds falls, I must say, into the realm of fantasy royalty.

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Furthermore I think it would have been rendered meaningless. The revolution was coming fast and furious regardless of which monarch was head of state. There is much focus on what tool place in the few years leading up to the revolution and the Tsar's abdication...as if the start of WWI was when the point of no return had been reached. But I think the damage had been done years earlier (although admittedly Alix sure did make a mess of things and Nicholas seemed rather oblivious). A Dimitry/Olga led Empire likely wouldve been toppled as swiftly as the one under the reign of Nicholas & Alexandra.
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Thanks for all your comments. The current issue of Canadian Slavonic Papers has been sent to subscribers and the table of contents and abstracts of the current issue should be up on their website next week and available through library services at that time. Numerous university and colleges libraries subscribe to the journal. Subscriptions, issues and stand alone articles are also available for purchase from Canadian Slavonic Papers directly. I look forward to getting feedback from all the Russian history enthusiasts on this forum.

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Re: "The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna 1895-1918"
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2013, 08:54:35 PM »
The complete article is available on the Canadian Slavonic Papers website

https://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/csparxiv/members/Issues/2012_54_1_2/2012_54_1-2_61_Harris.pdf


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Re: "The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna 1895-1918"
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2013, 09:48:09 AM »
Just saw this, thanks for sharing!

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Re: "The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna 1895-1918"
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2013, 10:05:21 AM »
I actually wish I came across your paper earlier, as I discuss this topic in my book briefly. Good job!

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Re: "The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna 1895-1918"
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2013, 10:09:26 AM »
Fascinating indeed.  Spiridovitch specifically mentions the Ukaze granting Olga succession, drafted by Tchcheglovitov, and I've always believed he was correct.  Thanks!

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Re: "The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna 1895-1918"
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2013, 10:21:39 AM »
Thanks!

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Re: "The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna 1895-1918"
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2013, 10:25:28 AM »
Congratulations on your publication.  Well done!
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Re: "The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna 1895-1918"
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2013, 12:10:50 AM »
Well done, a very interesting read.

I think there is one spot where a correction is needed, if I'm reading it right (and I'm tired right now).  Page 74 has
 "According to the male line of succession,
Mikhail’s replacement as theoretical regent of Russia, in the event of Aleksei’s
ascension before the age of twenty-one, should have been Nicholas’s cousin,
Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, the eldest son of his brother, Grand Duke
Vladimir, who had died in 1909, and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna."

Shouldn't that read "the eldest son of his father's brother"?

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