The Russian Empire in the Eighteenth Century: Tradition and Modernization / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Russia's 18th-century drive toward modernity and empire under the two "greats" - Peter I and Catherine II - is captured in this work by one of Russia's outstanding young historians. The author develops three themes: Russia's relationship to the West; the transformation of "Holy Russia" into a multinational empire; and the effects of efforts to modernize Russia selectively along Western lines. Writing in a clear, crisp style, Kamenskii enlivens the narrative with observations from contemporary literary figures and political commentators that point up the lasting significance of the events he describes.
Table of Contents
The "Third Rome" on the Eve of Reform; The Birth of the Reforming Tsar; The Origins of Empire; "You Know Who's Daughter I Am"; The Era of Catherine the Great; The Empire Advances; "He Wanted to Become Ivan IV";