The Revolution of Peter the Great

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The Revolution of Peter the Great

James Cracraft, "The Revolution of Peter the Great"
English | ISBN: 0674011961, 0674019849 | 2003 | 224 pages | PDF | 1 MB

This is an analysis of how the Russian tsar Peter the Great's reforms actually took root and spread throughout Russia. Linking together and transcending Peter's many reforms of state and society, Cracraft argues, was nothing less than a cultural revolution. New ways of dress, elite social behaviour, navigation, architecture and image-making emerged along with expansive vocabularies for labeling new objects and activities. Russians learned how to build and sail warships; train, supply and command a modern army; operate a new-style bureaucracy; conduct diplomacy on a par with the other European states; apply modern science; and conceptualize the new governing system. Throughout, Peter remains the central figure and Cracraft discusses the shaping events of the tsar's youth, his inner circle, the resistance his reforms engendered and the founding of the city that would embody his vision - St Petersburg, which celebrates its tercentenary in 2003. By century's end, Russia was poised to play a critical role int he Napoleonic wars and boasted an elite culture about to burst into its golden age. In this book, Cracraft illuminates an astonishing transformation that had enormous consequences for both Russia, Europe and indeed the world.

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