Russia under the old regime

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Penguin Books, 1995 - History - 361 pages
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  - motorbike - LibraryThing

This book is a good example of scientific historical analysis. Pipes starts with a debatable proposition and proceeds to identify and examine all the facts and relationships to support his proposition ... Read full review

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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


The Genesis of the Patrimonial State in Russia
The Triumph of Patrimonialism

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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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