Russia's Great Reforms, 1855-1881

Russia's Great Reforms, 1855-1881 : Conference : Selected Papers

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[The book] succeeds remarkably in providing a multifaceted, yet interconnected, analysis of this signal era of modern Russian history and it is heartily recommended." -The Historian

This volume, the work of an international group of scholars that includes historians from Russia, maps out the major landmarks in the conceptualization and implementation of the Great Reforms during the reign of Alexander II and proposes a variety of perspectives from which to view them.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253208610
  • 9780253208613
  • 1,085,119

Table of contents

Introductions: Ben Eklof

I. The Great Reforms and the Historians since Stalin: Abbott Gleason

Part I State and Reform

II. Autocracy and the Reforms of 1861-1874 in Russia: Choosing Paths of Development
Larissa Zakharova: Translated by Daniel Field

III. The Year of Jubilee
Daniel Field

IV. Interest-Group Politics in the Era of the Great Reforms
Alfred J. Rieber

V. The Meaning of the Great Reforms in Russian Economic History
Peter Gatrell

VI. A Neglected Great Reform: The Abolition of Tax Farming in Russia
David Christian

VII. The Russian Navy and the Problem of Technological Transfer: Technological Backwardness and Military-Industrial Development, 1853-1876
Jacob W. Kipp

VIII. Miliutin and the Balkan War
Military Reform vs. Military Performance
John S. Bushnell

IX. Accountable Only to God and the Senate: Peace Mediators and the Great Reforms
Natalia F. Ust'iantseva: Translated by Ben Eklof

X. Municipal Self-Government after the 1870 Reform
Valeriia A. Nardova: Translated by Lori A. Citti

XI. Crowning the Edifice: The Zemstvo, Local Self-Government, and the Constitutional Movement, 1864-1881
Fedor A. Petrow

XII. Jurors and Jury Trials in Imperial Russia, 1866-1885
Alexander K. Afanas'ev: Translated by Willard Sunderland

XIII. Popular Legal Cultures: The St. Petersburg Mirovoi Sud
Joan Neuberger

XIV. The University Statute of 1863: A Reconsidertion
Samuel D. Kassow

XV. The Rise of Voluntary Associations during the Great Reforms: The Case of Charity
Adele Lindenmeyr

Bibliography: Abbott Gleason
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"[The book] succeeds remarkably in providing a multifaceted, yet interconnected, analysis of this signal era of modern Russian history and it is heartily recommended." The Historian
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About Larissa G. Zakharova

BEN EKLOF is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University and author of Russian Peasant Schools. JOHN BUSHNELL is Professor of History at Northwestern University and author of Mutiny amid Repression. LARISSA ZAKHAROVA is Professor of History at Moscow State University. Her numerous publications on the history of late Imperial Russia include Samoderzhavie i otmena krepostnogo prava v Rossii, 1856-1861.
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