Peter the Great: Lancaster Pamphlet by Stephen J. Lee
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.
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