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Russia under the old regime

Author: Richard Pipes
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1974.
Series: History of civilisation (Charles Scribner's Sons)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The theme of this book is the poliltical system of Russia. It traces the growth of the Russian state from its beginnings in the ninth century to the end of the nineteenth, and the parallel development of the principal social orders: peasantry, nobility, middle class and clergy. The question which it poses is why in Russia -- unlike the rest of Europe to which Russia belongs by virtue of her location, race and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pipes, Richard.
Russia under the old regime.
New York : Scribner, ©1974
(OCoLC)643659546
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Pipes
ISBN: 0684140411 9780684140414 0684142252 9780684142258 002395700X 9780023957000 0684148269 9780684148267
OCLC Number: 1283225
Description: xxii, 360 pages, [24] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The environment and its consequences --
The genesis of the patrimonial state in Russia --
The triumph of patrimonialism --
The anatomy of the patrimonial regime --
The partial dismantling of the patrimonial state --
The peasantry --
Dvorianstvo --
The missing bourgeoisie --
The church as servant of the state --
The intelligentsia --
Toward the police state.
Series Title: History of civilisation (Charles Scribner's Sons)
Responsibility: Richard Pipes.

Abstract:

The theme of this book is the poliltical system of Russia. It traces the growth of the Russian state from its beginnings in the ninth century to the end of the nineteenth, and the parallel development of the principal social orders: peasantry, nobility, middle class and clergy. The question which it poses is why in Russia -- unlike the rest of Europe to which Russia belongs by virtue of her location, race and religion -- society has proven unable to impose on political authority any kind of effective restraints. After suggesting some answers to this problem, I go on to show how in Russia the opposition to absolutism tended to assume the form of a struggle for ideals rather than for class interests, and how the imperial government, challenged in this manner, responded by devising administrative practices that clearly anticipate those of the modern police state. - Foreword.
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