Russia in the Age of Peter the Great by Dr. Lindsey Hughes

Russia in the Age of Peter the Great by Dr. Lindsey Hughes newly listed for sale on the marvellous BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Yale University Press, 1998, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Jacket illustration: Portrait of Peter the Great against a background of the Battle of Poltava, attributed to J. G. Dannhauer. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: Peter the Great, often known as the Tsar Reformer, initiated a bold programme of modernisation and Westernisation that affected the lives of all Russias subjects. He founded a new capital, St Petersburg, which became a symbol of cultural change, and a navy, which signalled Russias emergence as a maritime power. At the same time he reinforced the old institutions of serfdom and autocracy. This magisterial book a history of Peter and the Russia he governed examines the impact of a man who was both acclaimed as the architect of the New Russia and condemned as a crude despot who sacrificed cherished traditions for the sake of international success.

Drawing on previously unavailable sources, Lindsey Hughes provides an engrossing account of one of the most significant periods in Russian history. She proceeds thematically, discussing Russias foreign policy, the army and navy, economy, governing institutions, society, arts, education, and religion. She explores the experience of women, and investigates the life of the court (including Peters All-Drunken Assembly), feasts, entertainments and popular culture.

Although not a biography, the book is dominated by Peter himself, a six-foot-seven-inch giant who enjoyed the company of dwarfs and ordinary people, adopted disguises and pseudonyms, married a peasant, and had a passion for cultural reform. Hughes recounts the events that shaped Peters youth, provides an intimate character sketch, and explores his complex family relations (including the tragic conflict with his eldest son Alexis, whom he condemned to death). Her account closes with a reconsideration of the Petrine legacy from Peters time to our own, as his name and image become harnessed to sell beer and cigarettes and his new statue in Moscow provokes renewed controversy.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIX] 602 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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