The Russian Empire in the Eighteenth Century
Tradition and Modernization
ISBN10: 1563245752 ISBN13: 9781563245756 Contributors: Kamenskii, Aleksandr Borisovich; Griffiths, David Mark Publisher: M E Sharpe Inc Published: Jul 1 1997 Pages: 307 Weight: 1.00lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.25" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
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.