A short review cannot do justice to the many felicitous discoveries that can be made in this volume.[..] I think the most interesting memory the volume will leave with its readers is of how seventeenth-century Russia operated as a society. We may vaguely imagine that before Peter the Great all was backwardness, chaos, inefficiency and sloth. Here we see, by contrast, a rather well-organized realm, able to meet big challenges; even its famously numerous chanceries did not function badly. This is an unusual work, often demanding but we can be grateful to Open Book Publishers for it.
Prof. Robin Milner-Gulland
"Book Review: Simon Franklin and Katherine Bowers (eds): Information and Empire: Mechanisms of Communication in Russia 1600–1850". Journal of European Studies (1740-2379), vol. 48, no. 2, 2018. doi:10.1177/0047244118773894i