Russia of the Tsars

History Files

Russia of the Tsars

(with 10 loose-leaf facsimile documents)
  1. Peter Waldron
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  • ISBN 9780500289297
  • 21.00 x 17.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 144pp
  • 133 Illustrations, 89 in colour
  • With 10 facsimile documents
  • First published 2011
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‘Combines the high production values associated with Thames & Hudson with the impressive text to be expected from a leading specialist on the period’ – The Historical Association
'It's not just that it's so attractively illustrated, or so profusely ... It's the number of arrestingly unfamiliar illustrations – including early examples of colour photography' – The Scotsman

History Files – the people, the events, 
the ideas that shaped
our past and made 
our present

Between the 17th century and the 1917 revolution, the Russian Tsars became absolute rulers of the largest and most diverse empire in the world.

The splendour of their court and their capital city, St Petersburg, was extraordinary, but the imperial edifice was supported by the toil of millions of serfs tied to the land. This empire of contradictions – so powerful but so backward 
– was to have a profound influence on both Europe and Asia.

Peter Waldron tells the stories of all the Russians, exploring how the vastness of the empire and its extremes of climate affected the lives of rulers and peasants alike. He examines the great flowering of Russian art, literature and music, the pressures for and against reform, and finally the fall of the Tsarist regime in a cataclysm of violence.

• Ideal for the general reader and indispensable to all students of the era
• Exclusive to the History Files series, is a set of loose-leaf facsimile documents, among them a letter from Peter the Great, an excerpt from Catherine the Great’s charter to the nobility, and the announcement of Tsar Nicholas II’s abdication in 1917
• Clear, lively and accessible writing brings this fascinating saga vividly to life
• Photographs, paintings, objects and contemporary maps – give further insight into the Tsarist regime
• Inset boxes on people, places and events and many quotations from Russian sources

Peter Waldron is Professor of Modern History at the University of East Anglia. He has written widely on the subject, and his books include Governing Tsarist Russia, Between Two Revolutions: Stolypin and the Politics of Renewal in Russia, The End of Imperial Russia, 1855–1917 and the chapter on ‘State Finances’ in the Cambridge History of Russia.