Author: Paul Dukes
The Making of Russian Absolutism 1613-1801
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This study surveys the first two centuries of Romanov rule from the foundation of the dynasty by Michael Romanov in 1613 to the accession of Alexander I in 1801. The central theme of the book is the growth of absolutism in Russia throughout these years, and it traces in detail how the Russian variety of what was a contemporary European phenomenon came fully into being. Dr Dukes shows that for most of the period Russian absolutism was actively under construction, reaching its most complete state towards the end of the eighteenth century. At this time the Russian state of Catherine the Great was a progressive and in many ways successful development of the Russia of Peter the Great.