Ivan the Terrible
By (author) Isabel de Madariaga
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Ivan the Terrible by Isabel de Madariaga
Book DescriptionIvan IV, "the Terrible" (1533--1584), is one of the key figures in Russian history, yet he has remained among the most neglected. Notorious for pioneering a policy of unrestrained terror--and for killing his own son--he has been credited with establishing autocracy in Russia. This is the first attempt to write a biography of Ivan from birth to death, to study his policies, his marriages, his atrocities, and his disordered personality, and to link them as a coherent whole. Isabel de Madariaga situates Ivan within the background of Russian political developments in the sixteenth century. And, with revealing comparisons with English, Spanish, and other European courts, she sets him within the international context of his time. The biography includes a new account of the role of astrology and magic at Ivan's court and provides fresh insights into his foreign policy. Facing up to problems of authenticity (much of Ivan's archive was destroyed by fire in 1626) and controversies which have paralyzed western scholarship, de Madariaga seeks to present Russia as viewed from the Kremlin rather than from abroad and to comprehend the full tragedy of Ivan's reign.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300119732
(234mm x 156mm x 38mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Isabel de Madariaga
Isabel de Madariaga is emeritus professor of Russian Studies in the University of London. She is the author of Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great, published by Yale University Press.
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