During the course of Russia's turbulent pre-Soviet history, only one element remained constant: the unwavering rule of the Czars. Wracked by boundary disputes, political intrigue, myriad wars and shifting centers of power, Russia was maintained throughout by a ruling elite as diverse as the lands they governed. The story of these rulers, told wit clarity and style in Czars, is in many ways the story of Russia itself. From the birth of the Kievan state in the second half of the ninth century under the Varangian Oleg to the murder of Czar Nicholas II and his family in 1918, authors Duffy and Ricci trace the long and twisted line of czarist rule in Russia, offering many insights on the uses and abuses of absolute power, as well as a glimpse at world history through the eyes of those who made it. Key players includes: ·Saint Olga, appointed regent in 945, and the first of several strong czarinas ·Ivan I, prince of Moscovy 1328-1341, who centralized power in Moscow ·Boris Godunov, Fedor II, Dmitri the Impostor, Basil IV, Dmitri and Ladislaus of Poland, the six czars who ruled, sometimes simultaneously, during the aptly named Time of Troubles, 1598-1612 ·Peter the Great, perhaps Russia's most progressive ruler ·Catherine the Great, who led a successful revolt against her husband, Czar Peter III, to become the fourth woman monarch of Russia Seventeen portraits of czars through the ages, several historical maps, genealogical charts, a thorough bibliography and a detailed index bring the reader as close to Russia's erstwhile monarchy as one would want to get. Ideal for students, historians and general readers from serf to sovereign, Czars is a vital new page in the literature of Russian history.
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Book Description Barnes & Noble Books, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110760726736