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Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy from Peter the Great to the Abdication of Nicholas II
This new and abridged edition of Scenarios of Power is a concise version of Richard Wortman's award-winning study of Russian monarchy from the seventeenth century until 1917. The author breaks new ground by showing how imperial ceremony and imagery were not simply displays of the majesty of the sovereign and his entourage, but also instruments central to the exercise of ab ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 491 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Princeton University Press
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This is the most interesting, and probably most cited, Russian cultural history that I have read so far. I actually read the abridged version, but I hear the unabridged is like 800 pages... this one is only about 500. Truly though a brilliantly written account of the Russian monarchy and the ways that the power of these women and men affected Russian sociality and culture from the 18th-20th century.