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In the name of freedom: autocracy, serfdom, and suicide in Russia

Morrissey, S.; (2004) In the name of freedom: autocracy, serfdom, and suicide in Russia. Slavonic and East European Review , 82 (2) 268-291(24). Green open access

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Abstract

The 1828 suicide of Grigorii Miasnikov in the small provincial town of Arzamas proved so controversial that it came to the attention of Tsar Nicholas I. Drawing on extensive archival sources, this article explores the meanings of this suicide from the perspective of both its ‘author’ and its subsequent ‘audiences’, including local authorities, the secret police and later memoirists and historians. The case study provides the basis for a broader investigation into the cultural, political, and social history of early-nineteenth-century Russia.

Type:Article
Title:In the name of freedom: autocracy, serfdom, and suicide in Russia
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mhra/see/2004/00000082/00000002/art00003
Language:English
Additional information:Published by Maney Publishing
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES

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