The Traditional and the Modern in the Writings of Ivan Pnin

Samuel C. Ramer
1975 Slavic Review: Interdisciplinary Quarterly of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies  
Studies of political reform in the Russian Empire during the first decade of Alexander I's rule have focused largely on the emperor and his most prominent advisers: the unofficial committee of four close friends who counseled him in secret during the first two years of his reign; powerful court factions, particularly those nobles who sought to augment the status and political power of the Senate; and, finally, high state officials such as Michael Speransky. The nature of reformist thought
more » ... rmist thought emanating from sources less directly involved in the actual preparation of legislation has been unduly neglected. There were, for instance, a number of minor writers who sought to influence state policy by submitting their ideas to Alexander. A study of the kind of society they hoped to create and the ways in which they thought social change achievable can enhance our appreciation of the variety of reformist thought in Russia at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
doi:10.2307/2495564 fatcat:qnkue72w6vbbzijh3h7ljeaxz4