David Saunders is professor of Russian History at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is the author of Russia in the Age of Reaction and Reform 1801-1881. He has also published dozens of articles in professional journals and contributed to the CIUS publication Loyalties in Conflict. The present work is based on his doctoral dissertation, which was completed at St. Anthony's College, Oxford University. David Saunders Web site.