Peter the Great: Lancaster Pamphlet

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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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 analysing issues that students are expected to address in their essays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415092791
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/9/1993
  • Series: Lancaster Pamphlets Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 78
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Illustrations
Chronological outline of the reign of Peter the Great
1 The setting 1
The approach: an explanation 1
The reign: an outline 3
The personality 6
2 War, conquest and diplomacy 12
Russia before Peter the Great: expansion and stagnation 12
Objective factors favouring further Russian expansion 15
The priorities of Peter the Great 17
The conflict with Sweden 1700-21 18
The conflict with the Ottoman Empire 24
Russian expansion in Asia during Peter's reign 29
Russian diplomacy and the great powers 31
3 Peter the Great's internal reforms 37
An introductory analysis and historiography 37
The army 40
The navy 43
Central government 44
Local government and the judiciary 51
The economy 54
Society, nobility and peasantry 58
Religion and the Church 61
Culture 64
Education 66
Peter the Great's internal reforms: a synthesis 67
4 Peter 'the Great'? 71
Select bibliography 77
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