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The Revolution of Peter the Great by James Cracraft

The Revolution of Peter the Great


The Revolution of Peter the Great by James Cracraft

Many books chronicle the remarkable life of Russian tsar Peter the Great, but none analyses how his famous reforms actually took root and spread in Russia. In The Revolution of Peter the Great , James Cracraft offers a brilliant new interpretation of this pivotal era. Linking together and transcending Peter's many reforms of state and society, he argues, was nothing less than a cultural revolution. 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.


This book represents a distillation of James Cracraft's magisterial work The Petrine Revolution, the three volumes of which cover Russian architecture, imagery and verbal culture. It is firmly rooted in a lifetime of research and a formidable body of sources, but targets the general reader in the form of an accessible, lightly-footnoted interpretative history of the reforms of Russia's most important ruler. - Lindsey Hughes, Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

James Cracraft is Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Publication date

3rd March 2006


James Cracraft

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Harvard University Press


240 pages


European history
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900



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