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Chronicle of the Russian Tsars : the reign-by-reign record of the rulers of Imperial Russia.
Warnes, David.
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Publication Information:
London : Thames & Hudson, 1999.
Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations (some color), genealogical tables, maps, portraits ; 26 cm
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DK37.6 .W37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Discover the facts behind the reputations of rulers such as Ivan the Terrible, whose reign of terror was unparalleled in Russian history until Stalin; Peter the Great, dynamic reformer and dedicated Westernizer; Catherine the Great, the determined young German princess who usurped power and is remembered for her interest in the Enlightenment and for her colorful private life; and the last tsar, Nicholas II, vainly endeavoring to cope in a period of devastating change. Here too are the less familiar but equally intriguing personalities who occupied Russia's imperial throne: the pious but feeble Feodor I, the warm-hearted and irascible Alexei Mikhailovich, and the Empress Anna, with her taste for cruel practical jokes. Chronicle of the Russian Tsars also introduces the key debates of Russian history. How did a small principality centered on Moscow develop into a vast empire stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific? What part did the Orthodox Church play in the rise of tsarism? Why did Russia develop political and social institutions so different from those of the West? With its comprehensive timelines, data files, quotations, and stunning illustrations, Chronicle of the Russian Tsars is at once an absorbing narrative history and an essential work of reference that brings to life a powerful empire and distinctive civilization whose impact on the history of Europe and the world is immeasurable.

Author Notes

David Warnes is the author of Russia: A Modern History. He lives in England.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is the latest in the Chronicle series; prior works have dealt with Chinese emperors, Egyptian pharaohs, popes, and Roman emperors. Warnes, who also wrote a fine general history of modern Russia, has provided a useful and very informative study of tsars from Ivan III to the ill-fated Nicholas II. While the superbly organized text is geared toward general readers, specialists will find considerable value here; Warnes' speculations on the causes of Russian eastward expansion and on the actual relations between church and state are both provocative and credible. Lavish illustrations and instructive maps supplement the text. For high-school, college, and public libraries, this survey will be a valuable resource. --Jay Freeman

School Library Journal Review

-Warnes has done a masterful job of bringing to life 1000 years of fascinating Russian history. The introduction gives a good historical overview of how Tsarism came into being. The succeeding chapters are divided by major political events and social upheaval. For instance, one chapter (1598-1605) is the "Time of Trouble." The reign of each tsar is analyzed within this framework, highlighting major events, but also giving abundant personal details such as marriages, children, etc. Numerous highlighted boxes in each chapter give either family trees or explain something of interest in that time period, such as "serfdom in the period of Elizabeth" or "Tsar Alexei's Shopping List." There are numerous quotes from personal letters, contemporary historians, and other primary sources as well as many maps of major battles or other historical events. With an extensive epilogue; a huge "select bibliography"; a list of illustration credits; and an easy-to-read, well-organized text, this is a fine choice for students doing research on a specific ruler, or for those who are just interested in the story of Imperial Russia.-Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.