Charting the reign of one of Russia's most colourful and controversial monarchs, this text discusses how far Peter the Great was responsible for making Russia a major European power and asks to what extent he personally transformed Russia into a modern, economically powerful, absolutist state.
Table of ContentsPeter the Great - the historical debate
the Tsarist inheritance
from Azov to Narva - first steps in foreign policy
the emergence of a European power
transforming the government
transforming Russian culture
collaborators and resistors
conclusion - achievements and failures.