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U. is enormous: in both places the working conditions were ideal, and the kindness and intellectual stimulation of my colleagues unforgettable. I must also thank Dr. Campbell and Mr. Sworakowski of the Hoover Library in Stanford, a rich source of Russian historical materials, for their kind and sustained interest, and the library staff for their unfailing and resourceful co-operation. Not least I must thank Mrs. Dorothy Brothers at the Center and Miss Elizabeth Bennett at the School for their secretarial labours, often in trying conditions.
There was no long association between certain families and certain provinces, as with the territorial aristocracies of England, France, or Germany. Peter's successors were weak, and inevitably powerful individuals or cliques competed for the spoils. But of a corporate spirit of the nobility, of a political programme of the landowning class, there is little sign. Peter abolished by a decree of 5 February 1722 the regular order of succession, leaving it to the emperor himself to appoint his heir.
GOVERNMENT The Ruler 199 Central Government 202 The Administration 208 Religious Policy 214 Education 218 VII. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT The Problem of Serfdom 227 The Peasants 230 The Government and the Peasants 234 The Nobility 239 The Urban Classes 241 Economic Policy 245 VIII. IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS Literature and Censorship 250 Westernizers and Slavophils 256 Russian Nationalism and Pan-Slavism 267 The Last Years 274 IX. FOREIGN RELATIONS 280 The War with Poland 281 Expansion in Asia 289 The War with Turkey and Greek Independence 297 Egypt, Turkey, and the Straits 302 The European Revolutions 311 The Sick Man of Europe 316 The Crimean War 319 PART FOUR THE TSAR LIBERATOR X.