october 4 - The Reign of Nicholas I

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State and Society in Imperial Russia October 4, 2007 The Reign of Nicholas I (1825-1856) 1812 – Birth of Decembrist movement War and Peace – Tolstoi o The force that overpower the French is the “peasant spirit” o Platon Karataev represents the Russian sense of courage, fortitude, strength, etc. o There is a Russian soul that everyone has and the French exterior is secondary o Platon Karataev Russian national spirit in peasantry Cocneption of nationality: language, religion, spirit Spiritual integrity of peasantry rescues nobility from crisis (foreign culture) The Golden Age of Russian Culture o First quarter of 19 th century o A Russian literary language: Karamzin, Pushkin o Pushkin and the tsar/Decembrists Friends with many Decembrists Also friends with the tsar o National symbol, Pushkin cult Decembrists: “Children of 1812” o Battlefield democratic values and behavior, Russification o Prince Sergei Volkonsky said about peasant soldiers: “Russia has been honored by its peasant soldiers.
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