The Emperors and Empresses of Russia: Rediscovering the Romanovs

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Emperor Paul I, 1796-1801

As we have seen, Peter the Great's decision to change the succession law by allowing the reigning monarch to select his or her successor contributed to the unstable system of succession to the throne that characterized eighteenth-century Russia. Perhaps because there was widespread speculation that Catherine would bypass her son Paul and pass on the crown to her grandson, Alexander, Emperor Paul I changed the law of succession by restoring a system of primogeniture in the male line. Be that as it may, this did not save Paul from conspiracy: he was murdered in a palace coup in early 1801.

Generations of historical writing indicate there was good reason to remove Paul, for his policies and personal tastes, particularly his penchant for undoing, changing, or attacking much of what Catherine stood for, alienated important strata of the ruling elite. And it was this elite that, in justifying regicide, colored later historical evaluations of Paul and his years in power. Neglecting Paul's brief reign, Soviet historians did not produce a single monograph devoted exclusively to the "Russian Hamlet." Outside Russia, several serious attempts to present a more balanced assessment of the emperor have appeared in recent years, 1 and it is in the context of this revival of writing about Paul that Iurii Alekseevich Sorokin's reappraisal needs to be placed.

After characterizing Paul as "intelligent" and his nature as "complex and contradictory," Sorokin provides a succinct discussion of how generations of Russian historians have viewed Emperor Paul. The author highlights the major influences in his formative years and early adulthood, focusing on the ambivalent relationship between Catherine and her son and on Paul's growing rift with Catherine. Recognized during a tour of Europe as Catherine's heir, Paul returned home with clear ideas in regard to how his country should be ruled. His various writings, in particular his so-called Instruction, argues Sorokin, represented "a concrete, well-developed program . . . for the develop-

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Table of contents

  • The New Russian History ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • About the Editors and Contributors vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Emperor Peter I, 1682-1725 3
  • Empress Anna Ivanovna, 1730-1740 37
  • Empress Elizabeth I, 1741-1762 66
  • Emperor Peter III, 1762 101
  • Empress Catherine II, 1762-1796 134
  • Emperor Paul I, 1796-1801 177
  • Emperor Alexander I, 1801-1825 216
  • Emperor Nicholas I, 1825-1855 256
  • Emperor Alexander II, 1855-1881 294
  • Emperor Alexander III, 1881-1894 334
  • Emperor Nicholas II, 1894-1917 369
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 403
  • Index 405
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