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Peter the Great

Peter the Great (Hardback)

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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. Now in a new edition, 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?

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 14/01/2016 ISBN-13: 9781442254619  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Paul Bushkovitch is Reuben Post Halleck Professor of History at Yale University. His books include The Merchants of Moscow (1580-1650), Religion and Society in Russia: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Peter the Great: The Struggle for Power 1671-1725, and A Concise History of Russia.

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