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Absolutism and Ruling Class

The Formation of the Russian Political Order, 1700-1825

Absolutism and Ruling Class by John P. LeDonne
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This is the first comprehensive examination of the Russian ruling elite and its political institutions during an important period of state building, from the emergence of Russia on the stage of world politics around 1700 to the consolidation of its position after the victory over Napoleon. Instead of focusing on the great rulers of the period--Peter, Catherine, and Alexander--the work examines the nobility which alone could make their power effective. LeDonne not only gives a full chronological account of the development of bureaucratic, military, economic, and political institutions in Russia during this period, but also skillfully analyzes the ways in which local agencies and the ruling class exercised control and shared power with the absolute monarchs.
Oxford University Press; September 1991
395 pages; ISBN 9780195345049
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Title: Absolutism and Ruling Class
Author: John P. LeDonne
 
ISBNs
0195345045
9780195068054
9780195345049