Russia under the old regime
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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Review: Russia Under the Old RegimeUser Review - Graham - Goodreads
Hard to deal with the conservative commentary, but once you do, this is actually a pretty good history. I would recommend this to anyone that is willing to read it critically. Read full review
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