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Russia's Age of Serfdom 1649-1861 offers a broad interpretive history of the Russian Empire from the time of serfdom's codification until its abolition following the Crimean War.* Considers the institution of serfdom, official social categories, and Russia's development as a country of peasants ruled by nobles, military commanders, and civil servants* Illuminates the reality of absolute monarchy in Russia, with special emphasis on the mobilization of human and material resources, the search for regular government, and the persistence of personal-moral forms of authority* Traces the emergence of modern Russian culture out of and alongside Orthodox religious culture

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405134583
ISBN-10: 1405134585
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 158mm x 17mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter

Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter is Professor of History at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Her previous books include: From Serf to Russian Soldier (1990); Structures of Society: Imperial Russia's "People of Various Ranks" (1994); Social Identity in Imperial Russia (1997); and The Play of Ideas in Russian Enlightenment Theater (2003).

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