The Romanovs ruled Russia as tsars and emperors for three hundred years. Through ruthless force of personality, this family of flawed but brilliant autocrats transformed a weak realm ruined by civil war into a supreme empire that dominated Europe. Peter the Great, the murderous drunken tyrant, physical giant and political reformer, and Catherine the Great, the passionate German princess who overthrew her own husband to become the outstanding stateswoman of a golden age, were Russia's two greatest rulers. Elizaveta, who was as promiscuous as she was glamorous, continued Russia's rise as a European power. The feckless, unbalanced Peter III and Paul I were both murdered in a system described as tyranny tempered by assassination. Nicholas I censored Pushkin, made himself Gendarme of Europe and fought the Crimean War with Britain. Ultimately, Nicholas II and Alexandra, despite their happy marriage and the tragedy of their haemophiliac son, proved too inept, cruel and deluded to save Russia from the Great War and revolution.
This is the story of how Russia became the country we know today. Simon Sebag Montefiore shows that the rule of autocrats and their tiny court cliques have always dominated Russia's history, from the first Romanov tsar in 1613 through the magnificence of Peter and Catherine and the bungling decline of Nicholas II, to the Red Tsars of Lenin and Stalin in the twentieth century and the authoritarian presidency of Putin in the twenty-first.
A gripping narrative of pitiless intrigue and court conspiracy, THE ROMANOVS is a study of personality, policy and power.Über den Autor:
Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy. His books are published in over forty languages. CATHERINE THE GREAT AND POTEMKIN was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR won the History Book of the Year Prize, British Book Awards. YOUNG STALIN won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (USA), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY won the Jewish Book of the Year Prize (USA). He is also the author of two acclaimed novels, SASHENKA and ONE NIGHT IN WINTER. Dr Montefiore's next major history book will be THE ROMANOVS: RISE AND FALL, 1613-1917. He has presented BBC television series on the Holy Cities of Jerusalem, Rome and Istanbul. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at Buckingham University, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. Visit his website for more information www.simonsebagmontefiore.com, join on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Sebag-Montefiore and follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/simonmontefiore.
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Buchbeschreibung Orion Publishing Group Jan 2016, 2016. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 241x164x58 mm. Neuware - 'In the House of the Romanovs, a mysterious curse descends from generation to generation. Murders and adultery, blood and mud. Peter I kills his son; Alexander I kills his father; Catherine II kills her husband. The block, the rope and poison - these are the true emblems of Russian autocracy. God's unction on the brows of the Tsars has become the brand of Cain.' So wrote a young Russian historian in the 1890s just after the accession of the young Emperor Nicholas II. IN a few words, he explains why the Romanovs is a fascinating saga. Simon Sebag Montefiore tells the story of the dynasty that ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917 with its emphasis on the characters of the Emperors and Empresses, how their courts worked, the meeting of power and personality with a special emphasis on the greatest and most complex rulers, Peter the Great; his daughter Elizaveta; Catherine the Great in the 18th Century; Alexander I, Nicholas I and Alexander II the Tsar-Liberator in the 19th Century. This will also be a portrait of the doomed Tsars - Peter III, Paul I and the Court of the Last Tsar, Nicholas II; and reveal the special rule of women - age of the Imperial petticoat - during the 18th Century. It will not be a full history of military-political-economic times but an intimate chronicle. 745 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780297852667