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Peter the Great : the struggle for power, 1671-1725

Author: Paul Bushkovitch
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Series: New studies in European history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is a history of Russian politics over the fifty years that saw the transformation of Russia into virtually a European monarchy by Peter the Great. It shows, however, that Peter was not the all-powerful tsar working alone to reform Russia, and that he moved into a system with powerful and contentious aristocrats whom he struggled to control in order to achieve his goals." "Paul Bushkovitch reveals the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Named Person: Peter, Emperor of Russia; Pierre, empereur de Russie; Peter, Emperor of Russia; Peter, Russland Zar; Peter, Russland Zar I.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Bushkovitch
ISBN: 0521805856 9780521805858
OCLC Number: 45654604
Description: xii, 485 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Court politics and reform --
1. Tsar and boyars: structures and values --
2. The ascendancy of Artamon Matveev, 1671-1676 --
3. The reign of Tsar Fyodor, 1676-1682 --
4. The regency of Sofia, 1682-1689 --
5. Peter in power, 1689-1699 --
6. Peter and the favorites: Golovin and Menshikov, 1699-1706 --
7. Poltava and the new gubernias, 1707-1709 --
8. The Senate and the eclipse of Menshikov, 1709-1715 --
9. The affair of the tsarevich, 1715-1717 --
10. The end of Aleksei Petrovich, 1718 --
Epilogue and conclusion, 1718-1725.
Series Title: New studies in European history.
Responsibility: Paul Bushkovitch.
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