Ivan the Terrible
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Ivan the Terrible by Maureen Perrie
Book DescriptionThis is the first major re-assessment of Ivan the Terrible to be published in the West in the post-Soviet period. It breaks away from older stereotypes of the tsar - whether as 'crazed tyrant' and 'evil genius', on the one hand, or as a 'great and wise statesman', on the other - to provide a more balanced picture. It examines the ways in which Ivan's policies contributed to the creation of Russia's distinctive system of unlimited monarchical rule. Ivan is best remembered for his reign of terror, the book pays due attention to the horrors of his executions, tortures and repressions, especially in the period of the oprichnina (1565-72), when he mysteriously divided his realm into two parts, one of which was under the direct control of the tsar and his oprichniki (bodyguard). This work argues that the often gruesome forms assumed by the terror reflected not only Ivan's personal cruelty and sadism, but also his religious views about the divinely ordained right of the tsar to punish his treasonous subjects, just as sinners were punished in Hell. Primarily chronological in its organisation, the book focuses on three main aspects of Ivan's power: the territorial expansion of the state, the mythology, rituals and symbols of monarchy; and the development of the autocratic system of rule.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780582099487
(211mm x 128mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Maureen Perrie
Cambridge History of Russia: Volume 1, from Early Rus' to 1689, Paperback (March 2015)
An authoritative history of Russia from early Rus' to the reign of Peter the Great.
Agrarian Policy of the Russian Socialist-revolutionary Party, Paperback (September 2008)
In this study the author traces the development of SR agrarian policy in the party's formative years.
Cambridge History of Russia, Hardback (November 2006)
A definitive new history of Russia from early Rus' to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Image of Ivan the Terrible in Russian Folklore, Paperback (April 2002)» View all books by Maureen Perrie
A study of Ivan the Terrible's depiction in Russian folklore, and the controversies surrounding it.
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Author Biography - Maureen Perrie
Maureen Perrie is Professor of History at the University of Birmingham. Andrei Pavlov is a senior research fellow in the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg.
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