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Marie-Pierre Rey is professor of Russian and Soviet history at the University of Paris I (Sorbonne) and director of the Slavic Research Center. She has written De la Russie à l’Union Sovietique: La Construction de l’Empire 1462-1953 and Le Dilemme Russe: La Russie et l’Europe Occidental d’Ivan le Terrible à Boris Eltsine. An American translator of twenty years standing, Susan Emanuel has specialized in sociology, history, cultural studies, international relations, religion, and biography.Review:
"Alexander's great strength was the same as his fatal flaw: unbound by filial piety or consistent ideological conviction, he considered himself to be elect, the beneficiary of inspiration denied to other men. It is a truism that hubris of this kind leads reliably to disaster. What makes Rey's book so poignant and vital is the way she shows what else it can produce."
—London Review of Books
“Rey ... has written a detailed yet highly readable biography of a man whose character remains elusive and controversial.... This is a well-done biography that is appropriate for general readers interested in European history.”
"This book does not dispel the mystery – an impossible task – but it is the most detailed biography available in English, and Rey makes extensive use of direct quotation to provide a revealing portrayal of an assertive, convinced reformer on the throne. Highly recommended."
“Marie-Pierre Rey has written a new biography of Tsar Alexander I that should become the standard work in any language.”
—TheJournal of Modern History
"This magisterial study of Alexander I rests on meticulous archival research and scholarly reading in multiple languages....This work will be a definitive study of Alexander I and the political history of his era."
“This is a well-researched, comprehensive and balanced biography of Alexander I.”
—Canadian-American Slavic Studies
"This new biography by Marie-Pierre Rey, a specialist in Russian history, is by far the best. Far from just reading the immense output of books and memoirs of the time, she has taken up the whole case by systematically consulting archives in several countries and the results are as splendid as the effort. . . . In this magisterial work there is no lapse; Marie-Pierre Rey is nuanced and subtle, her mastery of history is allied with the highest knowledge of the available sources."
"Marie-Pierre Rey with her Alexander I will surprise even the finest connoisseurs of Tsarism. First because she relies on a good number of unpublished sources and underused archives, then because she knows how to derive the most from them, and finally because she delivers a full psychology of a character who vertiginously tried to seize the course of history."
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