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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / The Romanov Empire
« on: March 02, 2007, 02:12:34 AM »
A new book called "The Romanov Empire" by Alan Wood, is due to be published in April. Here's the synopsis from Amazon.uk

Synopsis
The Russian dynasty of the Romanov tsars was born in 1613 during an era of intense civil strife with the coronation of Mikhail Fedorivch Romanov; it was destroyed in the revolutionary turmoil of 1917. In the intervening three centuries the relatively small, land-locked kingdom of Muscovy grew into the world's largest land empire. Yet size was no protection for the dynasty, and throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there developed a conflicting triangular relationship which had, at its apex, the tsarist autocratic government and, at the other two angles, the separate forces of mass popular opposition and intellectual dissent. These three elements were in a state of almost continuous tension, mutual antagonism and misunderstanding. As the imperial system of government increased in power, its political, social and economic policies generated the seeds of opposition that eventually led to its destruction. This is the first modern account devoted to an investigation of the Romanov Empire from its inception to its demise. It combines a fascinating study of the personalities and policies of individual autocrats, such as Peter the Great, with an examination of the multifarious challenges to the imperial state they governed and misgoverned.

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Having Fun! / Famous Habsburgs in movies/plays/cartoons
« on: September 25, 2006, 02:29:40 AM »
For many people, me included, Romy Schneider will always be Sissi. And though the movies from the 50's more gave a picture of the ideal woman, rather than a true image of the empress, I enjoy watching them from time to time. And besides the movies historical unaccurancies, I think Romy was a very good choice to leading role.

But I would like to see a more correct version of the tragic empress on the silver screen, and if it were to be made today, who do you think would be perfect for the role as Sissi? Currently, I can't think of anyone who could play her, but let me hear some bids. :-*

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The Windsors / Queen Alexandra (1844-1925), Part V
« on: September 07, 2006, 01:28:43 AM »
20 pages on the last one, starting a new one. :)

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Scandanavian Royal Families / Swedish Jewels
« on: May 01, 2006, 01:42:55 AM »
Let's have some pictures of the beautiful jewels of the Swedish Royal Family, especially their amazing tiaras. So please post if you have some pictures :)

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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Books on Winterhalter
« on: April 01, 2006, 06:14:43 AM »
I would really like a book with Franz Winterhalter's wonderful portraits of the royal courts of Europe, and I found one at Amazon. It was called "Franz Xaver Winterhalter and the courts of Europe" but the price was 65 for the hardback edition, and that was not even new. Does anyone have it, who can tell me if it's worth that much money. And how are the amount of pictures in it? Are they b/w or colors?

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