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Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy, Vol. 1: From Peter the Great to the Death of Nicholas I Hardcover – 1995


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Co-Winner of the 2006 Etkind Prize, Best Book by a Western Scholar on Russian Literature/Culture, European University at St. Petersburg


"Scenarios of Power . . . represents the culmination of Richard Wortman's pioneering work. It is not just a history of regal rhetoric and rituals but a rich and vivid panorama of the manners and sensibilities, of the educational theories and systems of belief, of the art and literature, the music and architecture by which the Russian monarchy shaped a cultural language to evoke loyalty, reverence and awe from its servitors and subjects."--Orlando Figes, Times Literary Supplement



"Wortman's interpretation constitutes an attractive argument for the historic importance of monarchy, and the wealth of supporting detail and documentation is a treasure-trove of information."--Choice

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