The Drama of the Time of Troubles, 1725-30

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  • 1. Naturally, in its quest for constructive alternatives the opposition might have utilized Western concepts in various situations; but even if so, the opposition was not created by these ideas; rather, it employed them as a technique.

  • 2. I prefer to call such a medieval type of authoritarian political organization "Ab- solutism." 3. By this I mean an essentially new, unprecedented authoritarian type of medieval political organization, different both from Western Absolutism and Oriental Despotism.

  • 4. I say "pseudo-absolutism" because the basic parameters of the autocratic system were unassaibable. A "hard" autocratic regime would simply be superseded by a rela- tively "soft" one. By the way, one may call the despotic phase in the Russian autocratic cycle "pseudo-despotism" because it differs from traditional "Oriental despotism." In my book I call it "Twilight of the Autocracy." In greater length I have discussed my definitions of these terms in my book The New Russian Right (Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1978).

  • 5. With reference to the USSR today I have sought to describe this road in a mono- graph, Detente after Brezhnev (Institute of International Studies, University of Califor- nia, Berkeley, 1977).

  • 6. S. M. Solov'ev, Istoriia Rossii s drevneishikh vremen, 15 vols. (Moscow: Izd-vo Sotsial'no-ekon. lit-ry, 1959-66), IX, 560.

  • 7. Ibid.,p. 568. 8. Ibid.

  • 9.Ibid., pp. 578-79. 10. Ibid" p. 579.

  • 11.Ibid.,p. 580. 12. Ibid.

  • 13.Ibid., pp. 580-81. 14. Ibid., p. 603.

  • 15.Ibid.,p. 583.

  • 16.Ibid., p. 587. 17. Ibid. 18. Ibid., p. 586.

  • 19.Ibid., pp. 550, 549.

  • 20.SbornikImperatorskagorusskagoistoricheskagoobshchestva [hereafter SIRIO], 148 vols. (St. Petersburg-Petrograd: Tip. M. M. Stasiulevich, 1867-1916), LXIV, 253, 256.

  • 21. M. N. Pokrovskii, Izbrannye proizvedeniia, 4 vols. (Moscow: "Mysl'," 1966), 1,637,636.

  • 22.Ibid" pp. 636-37.

  • 23. V. A. Gol'tsev, Zakonodatel'stvo i nravy v Rossii XVIII veka (St. Petersburg: A. I. Mamontov i Ko, 1886), p. 18. 24. Ibid., p. 39.

  • 25.SIRIO, LXIII, 139.

  • 26.IstoriiaSSSR (Moscow: "Mysl'," 1964), p. 476.

  • 27.Ibid., p. 497.

  • 28. D. A. Korsakov, Votsarenie Anny loannovny; istoricheskii etiud (Kazan': Tip. Imp. Universiteta, 1880), p. 4. 29. Ibid., pp. 5-6.

  • 30.Ibid., pp. 8,9, 12.

  • 31. Ibid., p. 9.

  • 32.Ibid., pp. 87,90.

  • 33.Ibid., pp. 90-91.

  • 34.Ibid., pp. 91-92.

  • 35.Russkaiastarina, No. 2 (1870), pp. 47-48. 36. Korsakov, p. 102. 37.Ibid., p. 162.

  • 38. Ibid., p. 135.

  • 39.Ibid., p. 147. 40. Ibid., p. 118.

  • 41. V. O. Kliuchevskii, Boiarskaia duma drevnei Rusi, 4th ed. (Moscow: A. I. Mamon- tov, 1909), p. 297.

  • 42. Korsakov, pp. 148-49.

  • 43.Ibid., p. 302.

  • 44.Ibid., pp. 294, 301, 302.

  • 45.Ibid., p. 258.

  • 46.Ibid., p. 269. 47. Ibid., p. 271.

  • 48.Ibid., p. 272. 49.Ibid., p. 278.

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