Overview

Peter the Great, whose reign saw the explosion of Russia onto the European scene, has become a legendary figure in history, as well as the subject of abiding controversy over the past two decades. Does he deserve the title 'The Great'? Was he 'enlightened' or 'barbaric'? Were his domestic reforms planned, or introduced as a direct result of the needs of war? Peter the Great answers key questions about his territorial expansion and domestic reforms. It reflects existing controversies and allows the reader to ...
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Peter the Great

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Overview

Peter the Great, whose reign saw the explosion of Russia onto the European scene, has become a legendary figure in history, as well as the subject of abiding controversy over the past two decades. Does he deserve the title 'The Great'? Was he 'enlightened' or 'barbaric'? Were his domestic reforms planned, or introduced as a direct result of the needs of war? Peter the Great answers key questions about his territorial expansion and domestic reforms. It reflects existing controversies and allows the reader to consider the views of a range of historians - Russian, English and American. The author avoids a narrative approach in order to focus on analyzing issues that students are expected to address in their essays.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136453328
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Series: Lancaster Pamphlets
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 104
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Foreward
Illustrations
Chronological outline of the reign of Peter the Great
1. The setting
The approach: an explanation
The reign: an outline
The Personality
2. War, conquest and diplomacy
Russia before Peter the Great: expansion and stagnation
Objective factors favoring further Russian expansion
The priorities of Peter the Great
The conflict with Sweden 1700-21
The conflict with the Ottoman Empire
Russian expansion in Asia during Peter's reign
Russian diplomacy and the great powers
3. Peter the Great's internal reforms
An inductory analysis and historiography
The Army
The Navy
Central government
Local government and the judiciary
The economy
Society, nobility and peasantry
Religion and the Church
Culture
Education
Peter the Great's internal reforms: a synthesis
Peter the Great?
Select bibliography
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