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A Note on Alexandrine Conservatism

At the close of the ‘Introduction’ to his Romantics, Reformers, Reactionaries (1997), Alexander M. Martin remarked on how more recent (Western) scholars of Russian conservatism under Alexander I (1801-25), such as Richard Pipes and Cynthia Whittaker, developed their interest in the subject as part of a general historiographic shift away from Marxist or leftist methods – as ‘part of a broader reevaluation of Europe’s old regimes and Restoration governments that has questioned the thesis of “progressive” social forces challenging “reactionary” rulers’. Such historians of Alexandrine conservatism, Martin saw, have fitted in with a general academic shift in focus ‘away from what Eric Hobsbawm called the “dual” (liberal and industrial) revolution’, and have instead ‘placed cultural change and the growth of state power at the centre of their analysis’; arguably, this shift aligns them with John Connelly’s current questioning of the concept of the ‘short’ twentieth-century (defined in terms

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