Russia under the old regime

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Penguin Books, 1995 - History - 361 pages
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Harvard Professor of Russian History Richard Pipes traces the evolution of the Russian state from the ninth century to the 1800s. Pipes analyzes the political behavior of the principal social groupingspeasantry, nobility, middle class, and clergyand their failure to stand up to the increasing absolutism of the czar. This is considered by many to be the definitive book about Russian society before the revolution. 3 maps.

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User Review  - sologdin - Goodreads

Pipes beats up on the Russian Empire, presumably because it subsequently had the audacity to disagree with him. Read full review

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User Review  - Nate Geisinger - Goodreads

Having maintained a casual interest in Russia for quite a few years, I was reasonably familiar with the Soviet and post-Soviet periods prior to reading this. But knowing little about Russia under the ... Read full review


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Richard Pipes, Baird Research Professor of History at Harvard University, is the author of numerous books and essays. In 1981-82 he served as President Reagan's National Security Council adviser on Soviet and East European affairs. He has twice received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Chesham, New Hampshire.

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