Tsar Paul and the Question of Madness
An Essay in History and Psychology
Hugh Ragsdale. Tsar Paul and the Question of Madness: An
Essay in History and Psychology — New York: Greenwood Press,
1988, 284 p.
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Drawing on archival studies, revisionist historians have taken
issue with the traditional view that Tsar Paul I was mad and
was assassinated because of the clear danger he posed to the
state. Professor Ragsdale contends that the question of Paul's
mental condition is not as simple as either his detractors or
modern apologists suppose. In the first full-length study to
be published outside Russia, the author places the subject in
a wholly new perspective and offers some trenchant criticisms
of traditional psychohistorical methods.