Monthly Archives: January 2017

Peter the Great in Catherine the Great’s Nakaz to the Legislative Commission

I am interested in how Catherine articulates her relationship to Peter the Great in her legislative document. As a ruler, and especially as a “reformer,” historical narrative is vital to pushing through political reforms. At first, she casts Peter as … Continue reading

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Was Russia a political outsider in Europe?

What stuck out most to me was that in Ch.3 of The Revolution of Peter the Great, Cracraft talks about the Russian form of government as compared to other forms in Europe at the time. Cracraft indicated that the system that … Continue reading

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Were Peter’s reforms part of a European process?

In early Modern Europe, “dynastic aggrandizement” was the name of the game, its nature: self-reinforcing. Cracraft (2003, 54) defines dynastic aggrandizement as “the relentless pursuit of territorial expansion by hereditary rulers seeking economic gain and strategic security against the similar pretensions … Continue reading

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