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Russia in the age of reaction and reform 1801-1881

Author: David Saunders
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Series: Longman history of Russia.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This eagerly awaited study of Russia under Alexander I, Nicholas I and Alexander II -- the Russia of War and Peace and Anna Karenina -- brings the series near to completion. David Saunders examines Russia's failure to adapt to the era of reform and democracy ushered into the rest of Europe by the French Revolution. Why, despite so much effort, did it fail? This is a superb book, both as a portrait of an age and as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Saunders, David.
Russia in the Age of Reaction and Reform 1801-1881.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Saunders
ISBN: 9781317872573 1317872576 1322034605 9781322034607 9781315837000 1315837005
OCLC Number: 885123761
Notes: Populists, education and the role of ideas.
Description: 1 online resource (401 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of abbreviations; List of tables and maps; Preface; Dedication; Chapter one The Enigmatic Tsar, his Friends, and his Inheritance; Were Russia's rulers their own worst enemies?; The character of Alexander I; Alexander and Paul (1796-9); The coup of 1801; Foreign enemies and domestic minorities; Russian backwardness; The reforms of 1801-4; Conclusion; Chapter two Russia and the Napoleonic Wars; Introduction; The descent into war (1801-5); The War of the Third Coalition (1805-7); Alliance with France (1807-12). Defeating Napoleon (1812-14)The Congress of Vienna; Chapter three Constitutions, Congresses and Classes under Alexander I; The Napoleonic Wars and Russian constitutionalism; The Plans of Mikhail Speranskii; Speranskii's downfall; Alexander and the Kingdom of Poland; The abandonment of reform; Post-war diplomacy; The problem of demobilization; Serfs, bureaucrats and merchants; Chapter four The Decembrist Movement; The succession crisis of 1825; The roots of revolt: bureaucrats, writers, academics, masons, and soldiers; First attempts at organization; The schism of 1821. Pestel' and the Southern SocietyDecembrists in the north; The abortive rising; Conclusion; Chapter five The Administrative and Social Policy of Nicholas I; Nicholas I as conservative; Nicholas I as reformer; The governmental machine; The bureaucracy; Reforming the law; State peasants; Serfs; Conclusion; Chapter six The Emergence of the Russian Intelligentsia; Introduction; Discontented nobles; Commoners; Outlets for opinion; The political implications of literary expression; Slavophiles; Westernizers; Conclusion; Chapter seven The Russian Bear; War with the Ottoman Empire and Persia. Nicholas I and the Polish problemUkrainians and Jews; The Caucasus, central Asia, Siberia, Finns and Balts; The Turkish problem in the 1830s and 1840s; Russia and the European revolutions of 1848; The Crimean War and the death of the tsar; Chapter eight The Politics of Emancipation; The accession of Alexander II and the end of hostilities; Domestic unrest; Alexander's caution; The contradictory signals of 1855 and 1856; The decision of 1857 to grant the serfs their freedom; The decision of 1858 to free the serfs with land; Getting principles on to the statute book. Chapter nine In the Wake of EmancipationResponses to the legislation of 1861; Military and fiscal reform; The church; Higher education; Local government; Primary schools; Courts; The press; The weaknesses and strengths of the reforms of the 1860s; Chapter ten Russia and Europe; Russian foreign policy in the post-Crimean era; Courting France (1856-63); The consequences of the Polish rebellion (1863-70); Attempting to profit from the Franco-Prussian War (1870-5); Victory and defeat in the Balkans (1875-8); Chapter eleven Populism; Trials and terrorists; Populists and social change.
Series Title: Longman history of Russia.
Responsibility: David Saunders.

Abstract:

This eagerly awaited study of Russia under Alexander I, Nicholas I and Alexander II -- the Russia of War and Peace and Anna Karenina -- brings the series near to completion. David Saunders examines Russia's failure to adapt to the era of reform and democracy ushered into the rest of Europe by the French Revolution. Why, despite so much effort, did it fail? This is a superb book, both as a portrait of an age and as a piece of sustained historical analysis.

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