September 18 - Discussing Peters Reforms

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State and Society in Imperial Russia September 18, 2007 Discussing Peter’s Reforms: Interpreting the reforms: a staged cultural revolution o Peter’s awareness of the break Peter propagated a Western style He based his reforms on his own likes o Defining “cultural revolution” Lots of individual reforms, but the big picture was a major transformation of Russian state and society Links all the individual reforms Language and imagery of Western absolutism o Imported the image of Western rulers who amassed glory through battlefield victories o Hero who exploits the military victories Stages festivities Build arches, other celebratory structures o Feyerwurk festivals Strict protocol during festivities to make them “Western” Merit and use o Language of rationalism o He tried to justify his rule o Played up his modesty Lived in a small house Wore common clothes Invoking the common good o Lack of total dynastic basis o Changes in importance of gentry/boyars
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course HISTORY 373 taught by Professor Hellbeck during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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