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1837Russia's Quiet Revolution$
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Paul W. Werth

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198826354

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198826354.001.0001

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Paul W. Werth

Oxford University Press

To know Russia, you really have to understand 1837. That is the main message of this intriguing and unusual book. In ten chapters ranging from culture and ideas to empire and industry, it paints a rich and vivid portrait of the world’s largest country at a critical moment, when modern Russia acquired many of its most distinctive and outstanding features. Composers and poets, engineers and imperialists, philosophers and grand princes, peasants and camels, beards and potatoes—all make their appearance, and together they helped to forge the quiet revolution that changed Russia forever. Indeed, Russia is what it is today, in no small measure, because of 1837.

Keywords:   Modern Russia, nineteenth century, year book, Alexander Pushkin, unification, nation-building

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