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Title: Between History and Myth: Imperial Imposture and its Relation to Popular Monarchism in Russia
Authors: Toffanin, Lais
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: If power can shape opinions, popular expectations can impose their shape on power. At the roots of the connection between the phenomenon of the imperial imposture and popular monarchism in Russia lay the perception of the monarch as a sacred figure, a concept that presupposes the opposition between righteous and unrighteous Tsar. However, the only criterion for the distinction of a true Tsar from a false one was predestination and any imperial impostor colud claim a right to the throne. As a consequence the phenomenon also representes the parallel profane imitation of, and active opposition to, the utopian idea of a benevolent Tsar-deliverer.
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