THE DECEMBRIST PAVEL PESTEL
Russia's First Republican

PATRICK O’MEARA
248pp 2004 LIST PRICE: £95.00 B760

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Pavel Pestel (1793-1826) was the key figure in the Decembrist movement and the author of Russian Justice, Russia's republican manifesto. Already under arrest during the two uprisings of December 1825, he was tried and executed in St Petersburg for his role in the conspiracy behind the unprecedented challenge to Tsarist autocracy. This book analyses his ideological contribution to the nineteenth-century Russian revolutionary movement, provides an account of his early years and military career, and re-appraises his role in Decembrist secret societies.