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1837: Russia's Quiet Revolution

Paul W. Werth


Historians often think of Russia before the 1860s in terms of conservative stasis, when the ‘gendarme of Europe’ secured order beyond the country’s borders and entrenched the autocratic system at home. This book offers a profoundly different vision of Russia under Nicholas I. Drawing on an extensive array of sources, it reveals that many of modern Russia’s most distinctive and outstanding features can be traced back to an inconspicuous but exceptional year. Russia became what it did, in no small measure, because of 1837. The catalogue of the year’s noteworthy occurrences extends from the realm ... More

Keywords: Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Glinka, Peter Chaadaev, Nicholas I, newspapers, state peasants, empire, Orthodoxy, railroad, Winter Palace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198826354
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826354.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul W. Werth, author
Professor, Department of History, University of Nevada