Merciful father, impersonal state: Russian autocracy in comparative perspective

@article{Kivelson1997MercifulFI,
  title={Merciful father, impersonal state: Russian autocracy in comparative perspective},
  author={V. Kivelson},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  year={1997},
  volume={31},
  pages={635-663}
}
Comparative analyses traditionally have done Russian history no favors. Invidious comparisons have situated Russia firmly in a context of backwardness relative to the West. The term ‘medieval’ customarily applies to Russia until the era of Peter the Great, that is, until the early eighteenth century, and even the least condemnatory scholars point out similarities between Muscovite Russia of the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries and early medieval tribal formations of northern Europe… Expand