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Governing Tsarist Russia by Peter Waldron


Governing Tsarist Russia by Peter Waldron

The Tsarist Empire posed unique problems to its rulers. Peter Waldron examines the challenges that faced them in terms of geography, culture, finance and military power, analysing the sources of the Russian Empire's strength and the reasons why the tsars were able to maintain their unlimited power for so long.


'A very helpful and clear guide to a complicated subject. This is the only book which covers the institutions and practice of autocratic government from Peter the Great to 1917 in such a concise and readable fashion.' - Christopher Read, University of Warwick, UK 'Waldron's succinct overview provides a fresh look, often with insightful commentary, into the workings of the much-maligned state in Imperial Russia. His refreshing style and lucid analysis should not deceive the reader, for the work of an entire generation of new research is summarized within the covers of this book.' - Ben Eklof, Indiana University, USA

' admirable synthesis of key concepts, events and developments in Russian political history of the imperial period.' - Theodore R. Weeks, Revolutionary Russia'

About the Author

PETER WALDRON is Professor of Modern History at the University of East Anglia, UK. His publications include the End of Imperial Russia, 1855-1917 which is also in the European History in Perspective series.

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Publication date

1st October 2007


Peter Waldron

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Palgrave Macmillan


256 pages


European history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Colonialism & imperialism



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