Russia Under the Old Regime
By (author) Richard Pipes
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Russia Under the Old Regime by Richard Pipes
Book DescriptionThis study analyzes the evolution of the Russian state from the 9th century to the 1880s, and its unique role in managing Russian society. The development of Russia was different from that of the rest of Europe. The natural poverty of geographical conditions made it extremely difficult to construct an effective regime, and a "patrimonial" state arose in which the country was conceived as the personal property of the tsar. The book describes the evolution of this regime, and analyzes the political behaviour of the principal social groupings, peasantry, nobility, bourgeoisie and clergy, and accounts for their failure to stand up to the increasing absolutism of the tsar. Only the intelligentsia were able to make such a stand, and the book shows how in countering this challenge, Russia developed into a bureaucratic police state.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140247688
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Degaev Affair, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by Richard Pipes
The well-known historian Pipes uses previously unexplored Russian archives to draw a brilliant psychological, political, and sociological portrait of Degaev--a committed terrorist in Russia and an admired professor in America. 18 illustrations.
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Author Biography - Richard Pipes
Richard Pipes is a historian of Russia, and since 1990, has been Baird Emeritus Professor of History at Harvard University. His other books include The Russian Revolution and Russia under the Bolshevik Regime.
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