Book Presentation "Russian Nobility in the Age of Alexander I" by Patrick O´Meara
Professor Emeritus Patrick O’Meara tells about his new book “The Russian nobility in the Age of Alexander I”
The reign of Alexander I was a pivotal moment in the construction of Russia's national mythology. This work examines this crucial period focusing on the place of the Russian nobility in relation to their ruler, and the accompanying debate between reform and the status quo, between a Russia old and new, and between different visions of what Russia could become.
O’Meara is widely known researcher of the 19th century history of Russia. He has several times worked in the Slavonic Library.
More about Patrick O´Meara:
Recently retired and now living near Oxford, Patrick O’Meara is Emeritus Professor of Russian and former Master of Van Mildert College, Durham University, where he worked from 2004 to 2011. After studying at Keele and Oxford, he taught in the Russian Department in Trinity College Dublin University (TCD) for 30 years (1974 to 2004), was a Fellow for 19 of them, and was elected an Honorary Fellow of TCD in 2013. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on the political history of the reign of Tsar Alexander I, with a primary focus on the Decembrists. The most recent of these, a history of the Russian nobility in the reign of Tsar Alexander I (Bloomsbury, 2019), is the subject of his presentation.