October 2 - Russia in the Age of French Revolution

October 2 - Russia in the Age of French Revolution - State...

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State and Society in Imperial Russia October 2, 2007 Russia in the Age of French Revolution Paul I (1796-1801) Alexander I (1801-1825) Principal Themes o Age of French Revolution Utilitarian absolutism under challenge People reject rational sovereign Destruction of vestiges of past (old regime) New conceptions of nation and people Transfer of emperor as sacred center of the nation to the people In Russian: NAROD nation, people, lower classes No distinction between nation and people in early 19 th century Challenges to autocracy Constitutionalism Challenges to serfdom 1812 – Napoleon’s invasion of Russia Voices of the emerging nation Karamzin The children of 1812 Spotlight on Tolstoy o “War and Peace” Paul I (1796-1801) o Hated Catherine; Paul is the Anti-Catherine Catherine Paul French Prussian Relaxed aristocratic manners Military drill Reign of love Hierarchical subordination o Changed succession laws Go back to dynastic tradition
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