This is the first major re-assessment of Ivan the Terrible to be published in the West in the post-Soviet period. It breaks away from older stereotypes of the tsar ? whether as ?crazed tyrant? and ?evil genius?, on the one hand, or as a ?great and wise statesman?, on the other ? to provide a more balanced picture. It examines the ways in which Ivan's policies contributed tThis is the first major re-assessment of Ivan the Terrible to be published in the West in the post-Soviet period. It breaks away from older stereotypes of the tsar ? whether as ?crazed tyrant? and ?evil genius?, on the one hand, or as a ?great and wise statesman?, on the other ? to provide a more balanced picture. It examines the ways in which Ivan's policies contributed to the creation of Russia's distinctive system of unlimited monarchical rule.Ivan is best remembered for his reign of terror, the book pays due attention to the horrors of his executions, tortures and repressions, especially in the period of the oprichnina (1565-72), when he mysteriously divided his realm into two parts, one of which was under the direct control of the tsar and his oprichniki (bodyguard). This work argues that the often gruesome forms assumed by the terror reflected not only Ivan's personal cruelty and sadism, but also his religious views about the divinely ordained right of the tsar to punish his treasonous subjects, just as sinners were punished in Hell. Primarily chronological in its organisation, the book focuses on three main aspects of Ivan's power: the territorial expansion of the state, the mythology, rituals and symbols of monarchy; and the development of the autocratic system of rule....
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Ivan the Terrible Reviews
It was a really good book. The authors were able to combine a sort of Great Game (by Peter Hopkirk) styled description of the various Kazanian and Astrakhanian wars, but they also melded in the domestic policies of the Oprichnina and the historical debate surrounding these events. I did find it odd though that for a book that claims in the title to be a profile of Ivan IV, that there was so little about him personally, aside from a small bit in the end. I understand the reasons for doing this, but the title is a little odd considering the book has more to do with Russia during this period than it does with the Tsar. Over all however, I would say it was well worth reading.
One of the most brutal leaders in the world is Russias' leader, Ivan the Terrible. This book has been written to demonstrate just how evil a Russian tsar can be. Ivan was crowned tsar of Russia when he was 16 years old. He was being beaten up by boyars when he was younger. At the time, Russia expanded from South, West and North. Kazan blocked their way of expanding East so Ivan conquered the city of Kazan in just eight days by blowing up their castle doors underground. After that, Ivan IV built a church that is still famous in Russia, Moscow. It is called the Basils Cathedral and legend has it, he blinded the architect so that he wouldn't build anything as beautiful again. In conclusion, Ivan has done some pretty terrible things like, kill his own son, kill unborn children and more but he has still done some good for Russia.I knew about this biography from learning a topic about Russian leaders in Social Studies class. Ivan is not a hero because he has killed many innocent lives. Ivan treated enemies like there were someone in his way. He would defeat anyone who came near him and threatened him. This person became famous because he has expanded Russia into the East of Asia. My favourite part of the book is when he has conquered Kazan. I like this part because that's the part where I thought Ivan was a good leader but it turned out to be false. My least favourite part was when Ivan has just murdered his son because of an argument. I didn't like this part because it made me feel sad and also shocked. I would definitely read another biography that this author has written because he has clearly shown everything that this person has done. I would recommend this book to friends who like stories about leaders.
This book had some good information, but it was really dry and I had trouble staying focused on / interested in it. I also prefer biographies that are a bit more about the person, and less just about the political atmosphere (although I get that it's difficult to really focus on the person when there aren't many reliable sources).
A great account of Ivan, the Tsar. Good for understanding the human behind the tsar.