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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Pipes has a somewhat conservative take on events, but the writing clearly quarantines his opinion away from his facts, and, well, for someone who still remembers standing in line around the block for stale bread in winter of '92, his harsh criticism is not unjustified. Read full review

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A great book if you are open to consider Richard Pipes view that the roots of communism in Russia already existed for a very long time from Peter the great periods. He also briefly discusses 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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