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New Studies in European History: Peter the Great: The Struggle for Power, 1671-1725 (Hardback)
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New Studies in European History: Peter the Great: The Struggle for Power, 1671-1725 (Hardback)

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Hardback 498 Pages / Published: 27/09/2001
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A narrative of the fifty years of political struggles at the Russian court, 1671-1725. This book shows how Peter the Great was not the all-powerful tsar working alone to reform Russia, but that he colluded with powerful and contentious aristocrats in order to achieve his goals. After the early victory of Peter's boyar supporters in the 1690s, Peter turned against them and tried to rule through favourites - an experiment which ended in the establishment of a decentralized 'aristocratic' administration, followed by an equally aristocratic Senate in 1711. The aristocrats' hegemony came to an end in the wake of the affair of Peter's son, Tsarevich Aleksei, in 1718. After that moment Peter ruled through a complex group of favourites, a few aristocrats and appointees promoted through merit, and carried out his most long-lasting reforms. The outcome was a new balance of power at the centre and a new, European, conception of politics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521805858
Number of pages: 498
Weight: 900 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... based on a massive amount of research in Russia and Europe and is a masterpiece of scholarship.' Contemporary Review
'... an outstanding work of scholarship. The scale of the achievement is enviable: by scouring European archives and applying his forensic intelligence to a daunting range of published sources in several languages, Paul Bushkovitch has given us a wholly refreshing view of the politics of Peter's reign, rich in texture and all the more attractive for being expressed in plain English ... there is not a dull page in the book ... readers at almost every level of sophistication have much to learn from it.' Reviews in History
"...a masterful work of scholarship destined to be the authoritative political history of Peter's reign. Enthusiastically recommended for anyone interested in Russian history and culture." Slavic and East European Journal
"Bushkovitch's lively study...accomplishes the extraordinary feat of charting the ins and outs of the Petrine elite and manages to render his detailed account in a readable and accessible way." The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"This is a solidly old-fashioned work of history.... Every student of the political history of Tsar Aleksei's reign and then of Peter's, and particularly of the prolonged transition between them, will find numerous details of interest here.... This book is an immensely rich store of new or neglected information and related or independent assertions that will both inform and provoke all interested readers for years to come." Journal of Modern History
"...a masterful synopsis of what Bushkovitch sees as the prevalent schools of Petrine historiography..." Choice
"Most of the book is an outstanding success....With respect to both the most outstanding member of the Romanov dynasty and the author of the excellent book, the transformation was far more than the work of one individual." Slavic Review

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