'an ambitious study of considerable imaginative power ... Bristling with implications, it merits a considered and lengthy response ... On procedural matters, his book will be indispensable ... Simon Dixon, History No. 252, February 1993 `... formidable book ... LeDonne's work is not only a fundamental contribution to the literature on Russian politics and administration, but will certainly critically influence analyses of the Imperial regime.' Roger Bartlett, The Slavonic Review `nobody could claim after reading the book that it treats circumstances in an abstract manner without thorough exposition ... the book could be taken as a stimulating point of departure as well as a compelling conclusion'
Times Higher Education Supplement `LeDonne's painstaking work, based mainly on published primary sources, is an important contribution to the literature. In addition, his lucid chronological account of the various reforms of central and local government institutions, in Part Two of the book, is a useful review, of value to specialist and non-specialist alike.'
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