Russia under the Old Regime Second Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-01-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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This 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition
The Environment and its Consequencesp. 1
The Genesis of the Patrimonial State in Russiap. 27
The Triumph of Patrimonialismp. 58
The Anatomy of the Patrimonial Regimep. 85
The Partial Dismantling of the Patrimonial statep. 112
The Peasantryp. 141
Dvorianstvop. 171
The Missing Bourgeoisiep. 191
The Church as Servant of the Statep. 221
The Intelligentsiap. 249
Towards the Police Statep. 281
Concluding remarksp. 316
Notesp. 319
Chronologyp. 333
Indexp. 343
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