Governing Tsarist Russia

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $61.72
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 43%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $61.72   
  • New (2) from $87.48   
  • Used (5) from $61.72   


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

Read More Show Less

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.

Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)