Ivan the Terrible

ISBN-10: 0300119739
ISBN-13: 9780300119732
Edition: 2006
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Description: Ivan IV, "the Terrible" (1533-1584), is one of the key figures in Russian history, yet he has remained among the most neglected. Notorious for pioneering a policy of unrestrained terror--and for killing his own son--he has been credited with  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 526
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Ivan IV, "the Terrible" (1533-1584), is one of the key figures in Russian history, yet he has remained among the most neglected. Notorious for pioneering a policy of unrestrained terror--and for killing his own son--he has been credited with establishing autocracy in Russia. This is the first attempt to write a biography of Ivan from birth to death, to study his policies, his marriages, his atrocities, and his disordered personality, and to link them as a coherent whole. Isabel de Madariaga situates Ivan within the background of Russian political developments in the sixteenth century. And, with revealing comparisons with English, Spanish, and other European courts, she sets him within the international context of his time. The biography includes a new account of the role of astrology and magic at Ivan's court and provides fresh insights into his foreign policy. Facing up to problems of authenticity (much of Ivan's archive was destroyed by fire in 1626) and controversies which have paralyzed western scholarship, de Madariaga seeks to present Russia as viewed from the Kremlin rather than from abroad and to comprehend the full tragedy of Ivan's reign.

Isabel de Madariaga is professor emeritus of Slavonic Studies at the University of London.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Foreword
Acknowledgements
The Historical Background
The Reign of Vasily III
Ivan's Birth, Childhood, Adolescence, Coronation and Marriage
The Era of Aleksei Adashev
The 'Government of Compromise'
The Conquest of Kazan'
The Dynastic Crisis of 1553: Domestic and Military Policy, and the Arrival of the English
The War in Livonia and the End of the 'Chosen Council'
The Death of Anastasia, and Ivan's Second Marriage
Tsar Ivan and Prince Andrei Kurbsky
The Setting Up of the Oprichnina
War in Livonia and the Zemskii Sobor of 1566
The Boyar Plot: 1) the Letters to King Sigismund
The Boyar Plot: 2) the Executions of Ivan Fedorov, Metropolitan Filipp and Vladimir of Staritsa
Armageddon
Foreign Policy and the Tatar Invasions
The End of the Oprichnina, and the Succession to the Polish-Lithuanian Crown
Grand Prince Simeon Bekbulatovich
Peace Negotiations
The Truce of Iam Zapol'sky
The Death of Ivan
Ivan's Legacy to Russia
Abbreviations
Notes
Brief Glossary
Select Bibliography
Index

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