The central theme of the book is the growth of absolutism in Russia throughout these years, and it traces in detail how the Russian variety of what was a contemporary European phenomenon came fully into being.
Table of Contents
Preface to the first edition. Preface to the second edition. List of maps. 1. Introduction - Reconstruction under the Romanovs: Michael 1613-1645. 2. New foundations: from Alexis to the Regent Sophie, 1645-1689. 3. The new structure: Peter the Great, 1689-1725. 4. Renovation and the extension: Anna, Elizabeth and others, 1725-1761.
5. Enlightened completion: Peter III and Catherine the Great, 1761-1796. 6. Improvement or deterioration?: Paul (1796-1801) and sons. Conclusion. Select bibliography. Maps. Index