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Covering all pretenders to the Russian throne from the Times of Troubles to the end of the nineteenth century, this book stops just short of the false Alekseis and false Anastasias of our time. Explaining why some of the pretenders attracted wide social support, which others lacked, the author examines the role of self-fashioning and impersonation in Russian culture. SzvAk ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published November 30th 2000 by East European Monographs
(first published November 23rd 2000)
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Jun 22, 2012 Meaghan rated it really liked it
I don't know if it was the translation or what, but this book was full of sentences like "In fact his success was mainly due to the soothsayer's sensing the public mood, readily recognizing him as the tsarevich." (page 99) But otherwise this short book was chock-full of information about the sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic stories of false tsars and even occasional false false tsars -- guys who pretended to be the guy who pretended to be the tsar. I had no idea there were so many of these! ...more