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Alexander I: Tsar of war and peace

Author: Alan Palmer
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, ©1974.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Named Person: Alexander, Emperor of Russia; Alexandre, empereur de Russie; Alexander, Emperor of Russia
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Palmer
ISBN: 0060132647 9780060132644
OCLC Number: 886299
Description: xviii, 487 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Crow in Peacock Feathers --
The Bronze Horseman --
Alexander's Childhood --
Betrothal and Marriage --
The Last Years of Catherine II --
The Succession in Doubt --
2. Empire on Parade --
The Grand Duke Comes to Town --
Doubts of a Tsarevich --
Suvorov in Italy and Switzerland --
Mounting Tension in the Capital --
Murder at the Mikhailovsky (March 1801) --
3. The Cracking of the Ice --
A Promise of Reform --
The Secret Committee and its Enemies --
Alexander's Coronation in Moscow (September 1801) --
4. "The Emperor Wants it Thus" --
Foreign Affairs: Isolation or Alignment? --
Governmental Reform and the Primacy of Vorontsov --
Alexander, Elizabeth and Maria Naryshkin --
5. Shadow of War --
Alexander Disillusioned with the First Consul (1803-4) --
Czartoryski, Novosiltsov and the Grand Design of 1804 --
Military Plans and the Polish Question --
Alexander at Pulawy and Berlin (October-November 1805) --
6. Austerlitz and After --
Alexander and Kutuzov in Moravia --
Peace Parleys --
The Battle of Austerlitz (2 December 1805) --
Alexander Humiliated --
7. Anathema --
Inquest on Austerlitz --
The End of Government by the Tsar's Friends --
Across the Bridge --
Preparing for War on Two Fronts, 1806 --
Eylau and Friedland --
8. Tilsit --
Alexander and Napoleon Meet in Midstream --
The Fine Phrases of Tilsit --
The Tilsit Settlement (July 1807) --
9. As Destiny Demands --
The Effects of Tilsit Abroad --
Alexander's Throne in Danger? --
Caulaincourt Arrives in St. Petersburg (December 1807) --
The Death of Lisinka (May 1808) --
Erfurt --
10. The Primacy of Speransky --
The Rise of Michael Speransky --
The Reforms of 1808-9 and their Critics --
The Council of State at Work --
11. The Viceroy --
Caulaincourt: The Prussian Royal Visit; and the Marriage of Catherine --
Russia and Napoleon's 1809 Campaign --
A Russian Empress for the French? --
12. "Blood Must Flow Again" --
Alexander at Tver and Gruzino --
Personal Sorrows, 1810 --
Alexander takes Russia out of the Continental System --
The War Scare of 1811 --
Discomforted Diplomats --
Portents and Military Plans --
The Fall of Speransky and Alexander's Departure for the Army. 13. Captain in the Field --
The Pleasures of Vilna --
The Eve of Invasion, 1812 --
Resolution and Retreat --
From Vilna to Drissa --
14. The Razor-Edge of Fate --
Alexander in Moscow (July 1812) --
The Clamour for Kutuzov --
Bernadotte; General Wilson; and Germaine de Staël --
Borodino and its Consequences --
Plain Speaking from a Sister --
Alexander Refuses to Make Peace --
15. Tsar with a Mission --
Vilna Again (December 1812-January 1813) --
The Liberation of Prussia --
The Changing Fortunes of War (Spring 1813) --
Diplomatic Interlude (June-August 1813) --
The Battles of Dresden and Leipzig and the Race for Frankfurt --
The Campaign in France, 1814 --
Alexander Enters Paris (31 March 1814) --
16. Paris and London --
The Tsar, Talleyrand and Caulaincourt (April 1814) --
Peacemaking in Paris --
Catherine Blazes an English Trail --
Alexander in England (June 1814) --
17. The Panorama of Europe --
Preparing for the Vienna Congress in St. Petersburg and at Pulawy --
Alexander in Residence at the Hofburg --
Congress Diplomacy (October 1814-February 1815) --
Alexander's Change of Heart --
Napoleon's Return from Elba and the Close of the Vienna Congress --
18. Holy Alliance --
The Heilbronn Prophetess --
Peacemaking in Paris Once More --
Julie von Krüdener at Her Prime --
The Treaty of the Holy Alliance, 26 September 1815 --
Disillusionment? --
19. Contrasts --
Alexander in Congress Poland (November 1815) --
St. Petersburg Once More --
The Arakcheev System and the Military Colonies --
Imperial Weddings --
Alexander Continues his Spiritual Quest --
Disarmament and Foreign Affairs (1816-18) --
The Congress of Aix (1818) --
20. The Absentee Tsar --
Sad News from Stuttgart (January 1819) --
Government by Post Chaise --
The Tsar Goes to Troppau --
Mutiny in the Semeonovsky Regiment (October 1820) --
Laibach and the Re-opening of the Eastern Question --
Alexander's Dilemma over the Greek Insurrection --
Vienna and Verona (1822) --
21. "An Island Battered by the Waves" --
Procrastination --
Alexander's Illness; His Reconciliation with Elizabeth; and the Ascendancy of Photius --
The Flood of 1824 --
The Decision to go to Taganrog --
22. Taganrog --
To the Sea of Azov --
Alexander in the Crimea --
The Last Fourteen Days --
The Aftermath --
Legends --
Genealogical Table.
Responsibility: Alan Palmer.

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