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Russia under the Old Regime: Second Edition
     

Russia under the Old Regime: Second Edition

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by Richard Pipes
 

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“For anyone who wants an insight into the nature of Russian society before the revolution, there is no doubt that Professor Pipes has written the book.”—Lionel Kochan, Jewish Chronicle

This highly acclaimed study from Richard Pipes analyzes the evolution of the Russian state from the ninth century to the 1880s and its unique role in

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“For anyone who wants an insight into the nature of Russian society before the revolution, there is no doubt that Professor Pipes has written the book.”—Lionel Kochan, Jewish Chronicle

This highly acclaimed study from Richard Pipes analyzes the evolution of the Russian state from the ninth century to the 1880s and its unique role in managing Russian society. The harsh geographical conditions and sheer size of the country prevented the creation of participatory government, and a “patrimonial” state emerged in which Russia was transformed into a gigantic royal domain. Richard Pipes traces these developments and goes on to analyze the political behavior of the principal social groupings—peasantry, nobility, middle-class, and clergy—and their failure to stand up to the increasing absolutism of the tsar. In order to strengthen his powers, legal and institutional bases were set up that led to the creation of a bureaucratic police state under the Communists.

“A brilliant and provocative analysis . . . learned, judicious, witty and full of common sense.”—John Keep, The Times Literary Supplement

“A lively, profound, often extremely subtle account of the making of the Russian state . . . For the serious student it is required reading which is also a delight. For the general reader with a minimal knowledge of Russian history and puzzled as to what makes the Russians tick, it lights up the whole field.”—Edward Crankshaw, The Observer

“An excellent introduction, painstaking and enjoyable.”—The New York Review of Books

“Pipes has produced a masterly interpretative history of tsarist Russa.”—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140247688
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Penguin History Series
Edition description:
Second Edition, Revised
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
641,083
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Russia under the Old Regime 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
RedLightOn More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in Russian history before the twentieth century, this is the book to get. It's only 300 some pages, but somehow it compresses an incredible amount of information in it. Very comprehensive. Very detailed. Very well written.