The Russian Empire in the Eighteenth Century: Tradition and Modernization / Edition 1

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Russia's eighteenth-century drive toward modernity and empire under the two "greats" - Peter I and Catherine II - is fully captured in this new work by one of Russia's outstanding young historians. Kamenskii develops three themes: Russia's encounter with European civilization; the transformation of "Holy Russia" into a multinational empire; and the effects of efforts from above to modernize Russia selectively along Western lines. Writing in a clear, crisp style, the author enlivens his narrative with observations from contemporary literary figures and political commentators that illuminate the significance of the events he describes. In preparing this first history of eighteenth-century Russia to be written in many years, Kamenskii has drawn on the work of several generations of historians from many nations. His goal - gracefully achieved - has been to produce a readable, one-volume synthesis revealing the events and processes that were of greatest importance in transforming Russia into one of the world's most lasting empires.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563245756
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/31/1997
  • Series: New Russian History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Translator's Note
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 The Third Rome on the Eve of the Petrine Reforms 9
Ch. 2 The Birth of the Great Reformer 39
Ch. 3 The Origins of Empire 72
Ch. 4 "The Era of Palace Revolutions" 122
Ch. 5 "You Know Whose Daughter I Am" 165
Ch. 6 The Age of Catherine the Great 194
Ch. 7 The Empire Advances 244
Ch. 8 "He Wanted to Be an Ivan IV" 265
Conclusion 281
Notes 287
Index 297
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