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Peter the Great
The Struggle for Power, 1671–1725

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Part of New Studies in European History

  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030670

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  • This book is a history of Russian politics during a fifty-year period that saw the transformation of Russia into a European monarchy by Peter the Great. Bushkovitch demonstrates that the interaction of the tsar and the ruling elite was at the core of Russian politics as Peter managed to largely master the contentious elite by a series of compromises, ultimately toward one that favored new men without excluding the aristocrats entirely. The outcome was a new balance of power at the center, and a new Europeanized culture.

    • A narrative of fifty crucial years in Russia's history, perhaps the most crucial turning point other than the 1917 revolution, during the reign of Peter the Great
    • Contains interesting material and stories, not merely an alternative interpretation, correcting many of the clichés and misunderstandings in previously published works
    • The author is the leading authority in the US on the reign of Peter the Great, and has conducted much original research in Russian and western European archives
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a masterful work of scholarship destined to be the authoritative political history of Peter's reign. Enthusiastically recommended for anyone interested in Russian history and culture." Slavic and East European Journal

    "Bushkovitch's lively study...accomplishes the extraordinary feat of charting the ins and outs of the Petrine elite and manages to render his detailed account in a readable and accessible way." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    "This is a solidly old-fashioned work of history.... Every student of the political history of Tsar Aleksei's reign and then of Peter's, and particularly of the prolonged transition between them, will find numerous details of interest here.... This book is an immensely rich store of new or neglected information and related or independent assertions that will both inform and provoke all interested readers for years to come." Journal of Modern History

    "...a masterful synopsis of what Bushkovitch sees as the prevalent schools of Petrine historiography..." Choice

    "Most of the book is an outstanding success....With respect to both the most outstanding member of the Romanov dynasty and the author of the excellent book, the transformation was far more than the work of one individual." Slavic Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030670
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.729kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Prologue: court politics and reform
    1. Tsar and boyars: structures and values
    2. The ascendancy of Artamon Matveev, 1671–6
    3. The reign of Tsar Fyodor, 1676–82
    4. The regency of Sofia, 1682–9
    5. Peter in power, 1689–99
    6. Peter and the favourites: Golovin and Menshikov, 1699–1706
    7. Poltava and the new gubernias, 1707–9
    8. The Senate and the eclipse of Menshikov, 1709–15
    9. The affair of the tsarevich, 1715–17
    10. The end of Aleksei Petrovich, 1718
    Epilogue and conclusion, 1718–25

  • Author

    Paul Bushkovitch, Yale University, Connecticut
    Paul Bushkovitch has been Professor of History at Yale University since 1992, having taught there since 1975. His books include The Merchants of Moscow, 1580–1650 (Cambridge, 1980) and Religion and Society in Russia: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (1992).

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