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Scenarios of Power : Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy from Peter the Great to the Abdication of Nicholas II - New Abridged One-Volume Edition - Richard S. Wortman

Scenarios of Power

Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy from Peter the Great to the Abdication of Nicholas II - New Abridged One-Volume Edition

Paperback Published: 26th March 2006
ISBN: 9780691123745
Number Of Pages: 491

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This new and abridged edition of "Scenarios of Power" is a concise version of Richard Wortman's award-winning study of Russian monarchy from the seventeenth century until 1917. The author breaks new ground by showing how imperial ceremony and imagery were not simply displays of the majesty of the sovereign and his entourage, but also instruments central to the exercise of absolute power in a multinational empire. In developing this interpretation, Wortman presents vivid descriptions of coronations, funerals, parades, trips through the realm, and historical celebrations and reveals how these ceremonies were constructed or reconstructed to fit the political and cultural narratives in the lives and reigns of successive tsars. He describes the upbringing of the heirs as well as their roles in these narratives and relates their experiences to the persistence of absolute monarchy in Russia long after its demise in Europe.

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Co-Winner of the 2006 Etkind Prize, Best Book by a Western Scholar on Russian Literature/Culture, European University at St. Petersburg Winner of the 2000 George L. Mosse Prize, American Historical Association Praise for Princeton's original edition: "A major contribution to the history of Russia, one from which every serious student of that country's tragic destiny will learn."--Abbott Gleason, Journal of Modern History Praise for Princeton's original edition: "[This book] is not just a history of regal rhetoric and rituals but a rich and vivid panorama of the manners and sensibilities, of the educational theories and systems of belief, of the art and literature, the music and the architecture by which the Russian monarchy shaped a cultural language to evoke loyalty, reverence, and awe from its servitors and subjects."--Orlando Figes, Times Literary Supplement Praise for Princeton's original edition: "A brief review can hardly do justice to the wealth of information and sophistication of analysis here; if the outline of Wortman's story is familiar, his telling of it is refreshingly new... Eschewing the kind of treacly romanticism that tends to transform [the tsars] with their many egregious faults into tragic heroes, Wortman enriches our understanding of why they made certain personal choices so ill-suited for the nation they undeniably loved."--Louise McReynolds, Slavic Review Praise for Princeton's original edition: "The formidable variety of evidence Wortman has amassed in this volume for his novel conclusions about the nature of Russian autocracy and downfall of the Romanovs puts Scenarios of Power at the top of the reading list not just for the serious students of Imperial Russia but for all scholars interested in the power of cultural symbols to shape history."--Priscilla Roosevelt, Russian Review

Illustrationsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Prefatory Notep. xi
Introduction: Scenarios of Powerp. 1
The European Mythp. 7
Signs of Empirep. 9
Peter the Greatp. 21
Olympian Scenariosp. 40
The Education of Princes and the Dilemma of Neoclassicismp. 73
The Emperor Paul Ip. 85
The Angel on the Thronep. 98
Nicholas Ip. 120
Epitomes of the Nationp. 142
Parents and Sonp. 166
Alexander II and the Scenario of Lovep. 189
The Tsar-Emancipatorp. 205
The Crisis of Autocracyp. 219
A National Mythp. 243
The Making of a Russian Tsarp. 245
The Inauguration of a National Mythp. 263
The Resurrection of Muscovyp. 282
The Life and Death of a Russian Tsarp. 303
Nicholas II as Heir and Husbandp. 317
The Accession and Coronation of Nicholas IIp. 334
Demonstrations of Godlinessp. 347
Nicholas II and the Revolution of 1905p. 361
Historical Celebrationsp. 377
Nicholas II and World War Ip. 397
Conclusionp. 411
Notesp. 415
Bibliographical Notep. 449
Indexp. 453
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ISBN: 9780691123745
ISBN-10: 0691123748
Series: Studies of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 491
Published: 26th March 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Type: Abridged