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Secret lives of the tsars : three centuries of autocracy, debauchery, betrayal, murder, and madness from Romanov Russia

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2014

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ISBN: 9780812979053

Edition: First edition.

Description: xvi, 349 pages : genealogical tables ; 21 cm

Notes: Includes bibliographical references.

Contents:

  • Introductory chapter: The Time of Troubles and the rise of the Romanovs
  • Ivan V and Peter I (1682-1696): one autocrat too many
  • Peter I (1696-1725): the eccentricities of an emperor
  • Catherine I (1725-1727): the peasant empress
  • Anna (1730-1740): "a bored estate mistress"
  • Elizabeth (1741-1762): the empress of pretense
  • Peter III (1762): "nature made him a mere poltroon"
  • Catherine II (1762-1796): "prey to this mad passion!"
  • Paul (1796-1801): "he detests his nation"
  • Alexander I (1801-1825): Napoleon's conqueror
  • Nicholas I (1825-1855): "a condescending Jupiter"
  • Alexander II (1855-1881): "a crowned semi-ruin"
  • Alexander III (1881-1894): "a colossus of unwavering autocracy"
  • Nicholas II (1894-1917): "an absolute child"
  • Nicholas II (1894-1917): "gliding down a precipice"
  • Nicholas II (1894-1917): a bloody end
  • Concluding chapter: Aftermath.

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