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Peter the Great : The Struggle for Power, 1671-1725 - Paul Bushkovitch

Peter the Great

The Struggle for Power, 1671-1725

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Published: 8th October 2001
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A new 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 decentralised '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.

'... 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

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Prologue: Court Politics and Reformp. 12
Tsar and Boyars: Structures and Valuesp. 14
The Ascendancy of Artamon Matveev, 1671-1676p. 49
The Reign of Tsar Fyodor, 1676-1682p. 80
The Regency of Sofia, 1682-1689p. 125
Peter in Power, 1689-1699p. 170
Peter and the Favorites: Golovin and Menshikov, 1699-1706p. 213
Poltava and the New Gubernias, 1707-1709p. 255
The Senate and the Eclipse of Menshikov, 1709-1715p. 293
The Affair of the Tsarevich, 1715-1717p. 339
The End of Aleksei Petrovich, 1718p. 383
Epilogue and Conclusion, 1718-1725p. 426
Bibliographyp. 445
Indexp. 467
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ISBN: 9780521805858
ISBN-10: 0521805856
Series: New Studies in European History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 498
Published: 8th October 2001
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.91