Renegades, Rebels and Rogues Under the Tsars

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McFarland, Aug 11, 2003 - History - 318 pages
In the Russia of the tsars, people who criticized or questioned the autocratic prerogatives of the sovereign were brutally suppressed and sometimes actively persecuted. So imbedded was this official hostility to anyone hoping to change or even influence government policy, that even the most high-minded reformers came to understand that the only way they could succeed was to overthrow the regime. The author describes the activities of the most important dissidents and agitators from the reign of Ivan the Terrible to Nicholas II and the Communist Revolution in 1917. Many of these fascinating individuals were serious activists endeavoring to improve society; others were opportunistic scoundrels and adventurers. The author explores the causes that provoked them and the consequences they faced, and explains how time and time again the tsars were goaded into mistakes and over-reaction.
 

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Contents

Renegade Prince
7
The Great Pretender
23
Boyars Cossacks and More Pretenders
38
Mobs Mutinies and the Church Schism
57
Cossack Rebels and Renegades
76
Rebel Relatives and the Revolts of the Streltsy
106
Scheming AristocratsPalace Coups
132
The Decembrists and Petrashevtsy
155
Nihilists Nechaev and the Peoples Will
182
Reaction Rasputin and Revolution
220
Epilogue
255
Bibliography
283
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Peter Julicher taught history at Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, for thirty-two years. He is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Middlebury College in Vermont and the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. He is affiliated with Greenhills School and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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