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Imperial Russia: A Reference Handbook provides an accessible reference tool for students, researchers, historians, and Russian history enthusiasts. It covers the period from Ivan IV to the death of Nicholas II. There are chronologies for each of the reigns and the handbook covers important political and administrative changes, the influence of West, religion, serfdom, and economic progress. Wars and international relations are succinctly explained as the rise of radicalism and the revolutions of 1905 and 1917. Other sections deal with education, the arts, law, press and censorship. There are biographies, a glossary, a bibliography, maps, and an index.

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This fact-filled reference work functions as a small encyclopedia to the topic. Paxton, who is an editor, author, and compiler of a calendar of world history, and dictionaries of abbreviations, proper names, and places, brings his love for minutiae and history to Russia. He provides political chronologies of the rulers and short synopses of events grouped by topic, including: the influence of the West, political and administrative changes in imperial Russia (grouped by ruler), religion, serfdom, social and economic progress, the rise of radicalism, international relations, education and the arts, law, and the press. A list of short biographies, a glossary, and a bibliography conclude the work.
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About the Author

John Paxton was the Editor of The Statesman's Year Book from 1969 to 1990.

Table of Contents

Tsars and Important Advisors and Ministers * Problems of Dynastic Succession * Political Chronologies * The Influence of the West * Political and Administrative Changes in Imperial Russia * Religion * Serfdom in Imperial Russia * Social and Economic Progress * Rise of Radicalism * International Relations and the Expansion of Russia Overseas * Education and the Arts * Law, Crime and Punishment * Press and Censorship * Biographies * Glossary * Bibliography

Product Details

Paxton, John
Palgrave MacMillan
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Russia-General Russian History
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Trade Cloth
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Professional and scholarly
8.25 x 5.50 in

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