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The Modernisation of Russia, 1676–1825

The Modernisation of Russia, 1676–1825 by Simon Dixon
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This is the first book to place Russia's 'long' eighteenth century squarely in its European context. The conceptual framework is set out in an opening critique of modernisation which, while rejecting its linear implications, maintains its focus on the relationship between government, economy and society. Following a chronological introduction, a series of thematic chapters (covering topics such as finance and taxation, society, government and politics, culture, ideology, and economy) emphasise the ways in which Russia's international ambitions as an emerging great power provoked administrative and fiscal reforms with wide-ranging (and often unanticipated) social consequences. This thematic analysis allows Simon Dixon to demonstrate that the more the tsars tried to modernise their state, the more backward their empire became. A chronology and critical bibliography are also provided to allow students to discover more about this colourful period of Russian history.
Cambridge University Press; July 1999
288 pages; ISBN 9780511037245
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Title: The Modernisation of Russia, 1676–1825
Author: Simon Dixon
 
ISBNs
0511037244
9780511037245
9780521371001