The Eighteenth Century in Russia after the Death of Peter the Great

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

in Russian Identities

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156508
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199868230 | DOI:
The Eighteenth Century in Russia after the Death of Peter the Great

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This chapter describes 18th-century Russia after the death of Peter the Great as representing a distinct period in the history of Russian culture. It explains that this period marked a decisive break with the Muscovite past—although that break had been foreshadowed and assisted by earlier influences and trends. It adds that 18th-century Russia was an age of apprenticeship and imitation par excellence. It discusses that the death of Peter the Great was followed by a certain relaxation and reaction against his rule: the schools established by Peter could find no students, while intrigue and corruption ran rampant in government and administration. It explains that the Enlightenment image of Peter the great dominated 18th-century Russian thought and literature. The chapter also evaluates Catherine the Great's beliefs and principles, as well as her leadership.

Keywords: death; westernization; Peter the Great; 18th century; Empress Elizabeth; Enlightenment; literature; religion; Catherine the Great

Chapter.  11594 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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