Peter the Great, whose reign saw the explosion of Russia onto the European scene, has become a legendary figure in history, as well as the subject of abiding controversy over the past two decades. Does he deserve the title 'The Great'? Was he 'enlightened' or 'barbaric'? Were his domestic reforms planned, or introduced as a direct result of the needs of war? Peter the Great answers key questions about his territorial expansion and domestic reforms. It reflects existing controversies and allows the reader to consider the views of a range of historians - Russian, English and American. The author avoids a narrative approach in order to focus on analysing issues that students are expected to address in their essays.
About the Series
Lancaster Pamphlets provide a concise and up-to-date analysis of major historical topics covered by both the main A-Level syllabuses and by introductory courses in higher education. Lancaster Pamphlets is a series initiated and edited by the history department at Lancaster University.
* provides an authoritative introduction to the topic
* brings the central themes and problems into sharper focus
* incorporates traditional and revisionist approaches
* uses the most recent research to stimulate critical thought and interpretation
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty
- HISTORY / General
- HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union