Of course, a timeline is primarily a reference tool, not a substitute for a narrative or discursive text, but because they can be used to quickly and easily grasp the pattern of events, I've included more detail and explanation than is normal. Consequently, I hope this chronology will be more useful than simply a dry list of dates and unexplained statements. However, the focus is very much on the revolutions in 1917, so events key to other aspects of Russian history have frequently been omitted from the earlier eras.
Where the reference books disagree over a particular date, I have tended to side with the majority. A list of texts with timelines and further reading is given below.
Texts used in compiling this timeline
A People's Tragedy, The Russian Revolution 1891 - 1924 by Orlando Figes (Pimlico, 1996)
The Longman Companion to Imperial Russia 1689 - 1917 by David Longley
The Longman Companion to Russia since 1914 by Martin McCauley
The Origins of the Russian Revolution Third edition by Alan Wood (Routledge, 2003)
The Russian Revolution, 1917 by Rex Wade (Cambridge, 2000)
The Russian Revolution 1917 - 1921 by James White (Edward Arnold, 1994)
The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes (Vintage, 1991)
Three Whys of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes (Pimlico, 1995)