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Russia in the Nineteenth Century: Autocracy, Reform, and Social Change, 1814-1914 / Edition 1

Russia in the Nineteenth Century: Autocracy, Reform, and Social Change, 1814-1914 / Edition 1

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Looking at Imperial Russian history in the period between the Patriotic War of 1812 and World War I, Polunov (public administration, Moscow State U., Russia) focuses on socio-economic developments resulting from reforms initiated by the tsarist autocracy. Chief among these is the abolition of serfdom in 1861, which paved the way for Russia's modernization based on free-labor, private initiative, and the emergence of a civil society. He also discusses reforms in the agricultural sphere, financial policy, and the creation of a new court system, arguing that they might have had shortcomings, but were responsible for allowing the foundations of a state based on the rule of law, expanding industrialization, and a stronger financial system. He also discusses basic trends in Russian foreign policy, the organization of the state, the emergence of ethnic issues, and the rise of the liberal and revolutionary movements. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765606716
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/31/2005
Series: The New Russian History Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword - Larissa Zakharova; Foreword - Thomas C. Owen; Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. On the Path to Reform; 2. "A Time of External Slavery and Internal Freedom"; 3. A Colossus with Feet of Clay; 4. The End of Serfdom; 5. The Great Reforms: Sources and Consequences; 6. Russia's Economy and Finances after the Emancipation of the Serfs; 7. The Opposition Movement in Post-Reform Russia: From "Thaw" to Regicide; 8. Russia and the World in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century; 9. Under the Banner of Unshakable Autocracy; 10. Nicholas II: A Policy of Contradictions; 11. Opposition and Revolution; 12. On the Eve of Great Changes; Conclusion; Notes; Index.

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