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
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.
List of Figures; Chronology vi
Introduction: Building the Russian State 1
The Ethos of Autocracy 13
The Ideology of Tsarism 15
Ruling an Empire 73
Provincial Authority 97
Coercion, Police and Justice 117
National Challenges 136
Financing the Empire 158
Conclusion: The Legacy of Tsarism 177