This work by the great 19th-century historian is available once again in an acclaimed 1968 translation that conveys the beauty of Kliuchevsky's language and the power of his ideas. In this volume, Kliuchevsky untangles the confused events of the Time of Troubles and the emergence of the Romanov dynasty, and develops his interpretation of the century as prologue to the Petrine reforms. He dramatically underlines the cultural divide between old Russia and the emergent autocracy and the strangely ambivalent relationship between Russia and the West.
Table of Contents
The Crisis at the End of the 16th Century; The Time of Troubles; The Causes of Civil Disorder; Political Reconstruction; Muscovy, Eastern Europe and the Ukraine; The Cossacks; Law and Society; Local Government and the Class Structure; The Coming of Serfdom; The Zemsky Sobor; Finances; Social Critics; Russia and the West; The Cultural Pattern; The Church Schism; Tsar Alexei; A Muscovite Statesman - Ordin-Nashchokin; V.V. Golitsyn and Plans for Reform.