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Transcript of ASSIGNMENT

How useful is Felix Youssoupoff's 'Lost Splendour' to a historian studying the role of Rasputin in the political system in Russia in the period 1914~1916? First of all, the source's context... Felix Who?
Born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire, 1887.
Patriotic prince. Tartar origin. Very wealthy.
Youssoupoff pro-Tsar.
Rasputin fired up revolution
Youssoupoff murdered Rasputin.
Youssoupoff exiled with Bolsheviks' takeover.

Lost Splendour? Youssoupoff's memoire/autobiography, published 1952
Recounts of experiences with Rasputin, and the murder
Primary Source: Written around time of events by Felix
Witting: To demonise Rasputin and mark his death. Reveals power Rasputin had in Russia. Justifies his murder.
Audience: Russian society. To highlight the evil of Rasputin and 'celebrate' his death.
So, is it reliable? Strongly biased against Rasputin.
Youssoupoff enjoyed fame. Possible bluffs.
No other publications from others involved.
Written and published after events
No, because... Yes, as... Published in Britain. Immune to censorship.
Primary and memoire.
Numerous memoires published by Youssoupoff. All correspondant. keep it, or throw it? Usefulness: Comparitavely reliable.
It is a memoire. Detailed first-person account with bias. First-hand.
Source mainly dialogues between Rasputin and Youssoupoff. Accurate presentation of both perspectives.
"I'll soon have the Duma dissolved..."
"the Tsarina...I can get anything and everything from her."
"He was just an uncultured, cynical, avid and unscrupulous peasant"
"His boundless influence over the Tsar and Tsarina, the adoration of his female admirers...
Tsarskoe Selo
"They all owe their positions to me. How could they disobey me...Every one of them without exception is afraid of me."
"Rasputin...was the cause of Russia's disasters...if he disappeared the diabolical spell cast over our Tsar and Tsarina would vanish"
"...his evil, destructive role. To spare his life only meant increasing the number of war victims and prolonging the country's misery. Was there a single honest man in Russia who did not sincerely wish for his death?" Detailed information of Youssoupoff's meetings with Rasputin.
Strong subjectivity.
Rasputin gets a say in source as well.
Reveals Rasputin's sources of power, and influence over Russia.
Descriptions on Rasputin's power is reliable, as Youssoupof is anti-Rasputin.
Highlights problems caused by Rasputin

The source therefore is useful to a historian studying the influence of Rasputin in Russia.
The Wrap Up... Important Quotes
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