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The Winter Palace
Staging and Consuming Russia’s Monarchy, 1754–1917
Susan P. McCaffray
“This is an ambitious and well-researched study that uses the Winter Palace as cynosure to describe and analyze the interaction between rulers and the people of the capital. In this manner, it combines political, architectural, and social history to reveal the role of the palace as an instrument of monarchical rule.” —Richard Wortman, Columbia University
St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace was once the supreme architectural symbol of Russia’s autocratic government. Over the course of the nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries, it became the architectural symbol of St. Petersburg itself. The story of the palace illuminates the changing relationship between monarchs and their capital city during the last century and a half of Russian monarchy. In The Winter Palace and the People, Susan McCaffray examines interactions
among those who helped to stage the ceremonial drama of monarchy, those
who consumed the spectacle, and the monarchs themselves.
Susan P. McCaffray is professor of history at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is the author of The Politics of Industrialization in Tsarist Russia (NIU Press, 1996), editor of the memoirs of Alexander Fenin, Coal and Politics in Late Imperial Russia (NIU Press, 1990), and coeditor of Russia in the European Context, 1789–1914.
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