Halperin, Charles. The Early Modern Muscovite state reconsidered

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For citation: Halperin, Charles. The Early Modern Muscovite state reconsidered, in Studia Slavica et Balcanica Petropolitana. 2018. № 2. Pp. 181-196. DOI https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu19.2018.210.

Title of the article The Early Modern Muscovite state reconsidered 
Authors Halperin, Charles J. — PhD, Research Associate, Russian and East European, Indiana University, Bloomington, Unated states of America, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., OrcID 0000-0002-6667-0555
In the section  Recensiones / Reviews
Year 2018 Issue  2 Pages 181-196
Type of article RAR Index UDK; BBK 94 (47); 63.3(2)  Index DOI  https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu19.2018.210
Abstract Mikhail Krom’s new monograph «Rozhdenie gosudarstva. Moskovskaia Rus’ XV ‑– XVI vekov» reconceptualizes the problem of the origins and nature of the Muscovite state, whose existence almost no previous historian had questioned. He disputes the paradigm of Russian exceptionalism, arguing that by the middle of the sixteenth century Muscovy possessed a sufficient number of the qualifying characteristics of an early modern European state to be called an early modern European state. Although Muscovy differed from other early modern European states in the unlimited authority of the ruler and the servility of the elite, the European model still applies. Krom raises numerous conceptual and substantive questions about Muscovy within a rigorously comparative framework. Although Krom presents his book as a a popularization, it should be read by all specialists as well.
Keywords Muscovy, state, bureaucracy, sovereignty, general welfare, Ivan IV
Full text version of the article. Article language  English
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