Politics and Culture 18th Century Russia

Overview

This is a collection of thirteen major essays, four never before published, by one of the most distinguished Western historians of 18th century Russia. These are not just random pieces but a broad and readable study which challenges the conventional view of imperial Russia as a semi-barbaric outsider on the periphery of continental Europe. Themes covered include Autocracy and Sovereignty, civil rights, serfdom, penal policy, freemasonry educational reform, and Catherine the ...
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Overview

This is a collection of thirteen major essays, four never before published, by one of the most distinguished Western historians of 18th century Russia. These are not just random pieces but a broad and readable study which challenges the conventional view of imperial Russia as a semi-barbaric outsider on the periphery of continental Europe. Themes covered include Autocracy and Sovereignty, civil rights, serfdom, penal policy, freemasonry educational reform, and Catherine the Great.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582322561
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Russian Government and Society 13
1 Tsar into emperor: the title of Peter the Great 15
2 Autocracy and sovereignty 40
3 Portrait of an eighteenth-century Russian statesman: Prince Dmitry Mikhaylovich Golitsyn 57
4 The eighteenth-century origin of Russian civil rights 78
Pt. 2 Social and Administrative Problems 95
5 Penal policy in the age of Catherine II 97
6 Catherine II and the serfs: a reconsideration of some problems 124
7 Freemasonry in eighteenth-century Russian society 150
8 Catherine II and the foundation of the Russian educational system 168
Pt. 3 Catherine II, Russian Society, and the World of Ideas 193
9 Catherine II and enlightened absolutism 195
10 Catherine II and the philosophes 215
11 Catherine II and Montesquieu between Prince M. M. Shcherbatov and Denis Diderot 235
12 Russia and the Enlightenment 262
13 The role of Catherine II in the literary and cultural life of Russia 284
Index 297
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