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By 1900, Tsarist Russia was the most powerful state in Europe. Its fearsome domestic policies and its military power made it respected across the continent. In this clear and accessible introduction, Peter Waldron analyses the roots of Russian power: the monarchs who ruled Russia, the beliefs that guided them and the ethos that permeated their state. He explores why, when other European monarchies were forced to surrender authority, the tsars were able to maintain their unlimited power for so long. In 1917, however, the power of Tsarism proved to be an illusion, and Waldron traces the gradual downfall of a state which sowed the seeds of its own destruction. With an easy-to-follow, thematic approach, Governing Tsarist Russia: examines the unique challenges that faced the Tsarist Empire in terms of geography, culture, finance and military power, contextualises the place of Tsarism in the modern history of Russia, includes maps and a helpful bibliography to aid study.

About the Author:
Peter Waldron is Professor of Modern History at the University of East Anglia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333717172
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Series: European History in Perspective Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER WALDRON is Professor of Modern History at the University of East Anglia, UK. His publications include the End of Imperial Russia, 1855-1917 which is also in the European History in Perspective series.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures; Chronology     vi
Preface     vii
Introduction: Building the Russian State     1
The Ethos of Autocracy     13
The Ideology of Tsarism     15
Monarchs     35
Service     54
Ruling an Empire     73
Institutions     75
Provincial Authority     97
Coercion, Police and Justice     117
National Challenges     136
Financing the Empire     158
Conclusion: The Legacy of Tsarism     177
Notes     186
Bibliography     198
Index     206
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