Ivan the Terrible

Author: Maureen Perrie,Andrei Pavlov

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317894677

Category: History

Page: 244

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This is the first major re-assessment of Ivan the Terrible to be published in the West in the post-Soviet period. It breaks away from older stereotypes of the tsar – whether as ‘crazed tyrant’ and ‘evil genius’, on the one hand, or as a ‘great and wise statesman’, on the other – to provide a more balanced picture. It examines the ways in which Ivan’s policies contributed to the creation of Russia’s distinctive system of unlimited monarchical rule. Ivan is best remembered for his reign of terror, the book pays due attention to the horrors of his executions, tortures and repressions, especially in the period of the oprichnina (1565-72), when he mysteriously divided his realm into two parts, one of which was under the direct control of the tsar and his oprichniki (bodyguard). This work argues that the often gruesome forms assumed by the terror reflected not only Ivan’s personal cruelty and sadism, but also his religious views about the divinely ordained right of the tsar to punish his treasonous subjects, just as sinners were punished in Hell. Primarily chronological in its organisation, the book focuses on three main aspects of Ivan’s power: the territorial expansion of the state, the mythology, rituals and symbols of monarchy; and the development of the autocratic system of rule.
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The Terrible Leader

Author: Dan White

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9814351776

Category: Business

Page: 313

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This book is unlike any other management book on the market. In a crowded market place full of well-intentioned books with advice and guidance on how to be a better leader, The Terrible Leader goes completely against the grain.
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International History and International Relations

Author: Andrew J. Williams,Amelia Hadfield,J. Simon Rofe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415481783

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

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This textbook is designed to provide undergraduate students of international relations with valuable and relevant historical context. It is organised thematically around the key issues in international relations such as war, peace, sovereignty, diplomacy, identity, revolution, political violence, empire and international organisations.
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Peopling the Russian Periphery

Borderland Colonization in Eurasian History

Author: Nicholas Breyfogle,Abby Schrader,Willard Sunderland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134112874

Category: History

Page: 304

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Though usually forgotten in general surveys of European colonization, the Russians were among the greatest colonizers of the Old World, eventually settling across most of the immense expanse of Northern Europe and Asia, from the Baltic and the Pacific, and from the Arctic Ocean to Central Asia. This book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the Eurasian past by examining the policies, practices, cultural representations, and daily-life experiences of Slavic settlement in non-Russian regions of Eurasia from the time of Ivan the Terrible to the nuclear era. The movement of tens of millions of Slavic settlers was a central component of Russian empire-building, and of the everyday life of numerous social and ethnic groups and remains a crucial regional security issue today, yet it remains relatively understudied. Peopling the Russian Periphery redresses this omission through a detailed exploration of the varied meanings and dynamics of Slavic settlement from the sixteenth century to the 1960s. Providing an account of the different approaches of settlement and expansion that were adopted in different periods of history, it includes detailed case studies of particular episodes of migration. Written by upcoming and established experts in Russian history, with exceptional geographical and chronological breadth, this book provides a thorough examination of the history of Slavic settlement and migration from the Muscovite to the Soviet era. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of Russian history, comparative history of colonization, migration, interethnic contact, environmental history and European Imperialism.
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