Peter the Great: The Struggle for Power, 1671-1725by Paul Bushkovitch
Pub. Date: 10/01/2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book is a history of Russian politics during a fifty-year period that saw the transformation of Russia into a European monarchy by Peter the Great. Bushkovitch demonstrates that the interaction of the tsar and the ruling elite was at the core of Russian politics as Peter managed to largely master the contentious elite by a series of compromises, ultimately toward one that favored new men without excluding the aristocrats entirely. The outcome was a new balance of power at the center, and a new Europeanized culture.
Table of Contents
Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Prologue: court politics and reform; 1. Tsar and boyars: structures and values; 2. The ascendancy of Artamon Matveev, 1671–6; 3. The reign of Tsar Fyodor, 1676–82; 4. The regency of Sofia, 1682–9; 5. Peter in power, 1689–99; 6. Peter and the favourites: Golovin and Menshikov, 1699–1706; 7. Poltava and the new gubernias, 1707–9; 8. The Senate and the eclipse of Menshikov, 1709–15; 9. The affair of the tsarevich, 1715–17; 10. The end of Aleksei Petrovich, 1718; Epilogue and conclusion, 1718–25; Bibliography; Index.
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