Peter the Great by Paul BushkovitchPeter the Great by Paul Bushkovitch

Peter the Great

byPaul Bushkovitch

Paperback | November 19, 2002

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Centuries after he ruled Russia from 1689 to 1725, Peter the Great remains one of the most revered and enigmatic leaders in world history. This penetrating study by noted Yale historian Paul Bushkovitch casts new light on Peter and his times, and demonstrates why it is impossible to comprehend the later course of Russian history without first grasping Peter's profound influence. Bushkovitch illustrates how Peter, during his thirty-six years as tsar, transformed his country into a modern nation-he strengthened the state, reorganized the army, established a navy, and conquered new territories. In addition to these momentous achievements, Peter changed the face of the Russian character by introducing European culture, scientific innovations, and political thought to Russia. His influence ultimately paved the way for liberalism, Western-style nationalism, and communism. In the end, neither his contemporaries nor generations of future historians can agree on how Peter should be remembered: was he a heroic reformer who brought Russia into the modern age, or a violent despot who valued the ideas of foreigners over Russian heritage?
Paul Bushkovitch is professor of history at Yale University.
Title:Peter the GreatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.69 × 5.56 × 0.47 inPublished:November 19, 2002Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0847696391

ISBN - 13:9780847696390

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Russia at the End of the Seventeenth Century Chapter 2 Tradition and Westernization Chapter 3 A Quarter Century of Conflict 1676-1699 Chapter 4 The Era of Experimentation 1700-1716 Chapter 5 Crisis and Resolution 1716-1725 Chapter 6 Absolutism, Aristocracy, and Reform

Editorial Reviews

This is an exciting book that will provide readers with a very different look at early 18th-century Russia. Bushkovitch illuminates the complexities of reform and aristocratic politics during the last years of Alexis Mikhailovich as well as during the reigns of Tsar Fyodor and the regency of Sofia Alexeevna. The scholarship is excellent and it contains new material on the role of the great aristocrats during this period. Bushkovitch's direct and clear writing style is appropriate for all audiences from the least to the most sophisticated. He has the ability to convey the most interesting information in a clear and sensible manner.