The Russian Empire in the Eighteenth Century: Tradition and Modernization: Tradition and Modernization

1st Edition

Aleksandr Kamenskii, David Griffiths

Published March 31, 1997
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9781563245756 - CAT# Y184434

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Russia's 18th-century drive toward modernity and empire under the two "greats" - Peter I and Catherine II - is captured in this work by one of Russia's outstanding young historians. The author develops three themes: Russia's relationship to the West; the transformation of "Holy Russia" into a multinational empire; and the effects of efforts to modernize Russia selectively along Western lines. Writing in a clear, crisp style, Kamenskii enlivens the narrative with observations from contemporary literary figures and political commentators that point up the lasting significance of the events he describes.


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