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Sunlight at Midnight : St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia - Bruce Lincoln

Sunlight at Midnight

St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia

Paperback Published: 5th June 2002
ISBN: 9780465083244
Number Of Pages: 432

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For Russians, St.Petersburg has embodied power, heroism and fortitude. It has encompassed all the things that the Russians are and that they hope to become. Opulence and artistic brilliance blend with images of suffering on a monumental scale to make up the historic persona the late W. Bruce Lincoln's lavish biography of this mysterious, complex city. Climate and comfort were not what Tsar Peter the Great had in mind when he decided to build a new capital in the muddy marshes of the Neva River delta. Located 500 miles below the Arctic Circle, this area, with its foul weather, bad water and sodden soil, was so unattractive that only a handful of Finnish fisherman had ever settled there. Yet to the Tsar the place he named Sankt Pieter Burkh had the makings of a paradise. His vision was soon borne out: though St. Petersburg was closer to London, Paris and Vienna than to Russian's far-off eastern lands, it quickly became the political, cultural and economic center of an empire that stretched across more than a dozen time zones and over three continents.In this book, revolutionaries and laborers brush shoulders with tsars and builders, soldiers and statesmen share pride of place with poets. For only the entire historical experience of this magnificent and mysterious city can reveal the wealth of human and natural forces that shaped the modern history of the city and the nation it represents.

Acknowledgmentsp. VII
Prologuep. 1
Window on the West (1703-1796)
The Buildersp. 17
Lords of the Realmp. 53
The Shadow of the Winter Palacep. 80
Imperial Colossus (1796-1855)
The Hub of Empirep. 105
Nevskii Prospektp. 125
Cradle of Revolution (1856-1941)
Modernity's Challengep. 149
The Peter and Paul Fortressp. 171
On the Evep. 196
Comradesp. 228
"Hero City" (1941-1991)
Nine Hundred Daysp. 268
Together in Stepp. 309
Past and Presentp. 345
Notesp. 367
Indexp. 405
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ISBN: 9780465083244
ISBN-10: 0465083242
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 5th June 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1