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Russia in the Age of Peter the Great [Paperback]

Lindsey Hughes
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6 Jan 2000
This magisterial book is a history of Peter the Great and the Russia he governed. It not only investigates Peter's life and legacy but also explains the impact of the Tsar Reformer on Petrine Russia's foreign policy, economy, governing institutions, society, culture and educational system. 'The most comprehensive study of Petrine Russia available in English.' Richard Pipes, The New Republic 'Thanks to Hughes's beautifully written book, for the first time the English-speaking reader is provided with a sufficiently full and just account of the events and institutions of Peter's reign ... Her work will without doubt long remain the standard text.' Nikolai Tolstoy, Literary Review 'A balanced and absorbing account of Peter and his times.' Robin Buss, Independent on Sunday 'A superbly comprehensive survey of the Petrine era ... Hughes writes in a crisp, factual, scholarly manner ... She has a fine eye for significant detail, as well as grand themes.' George Walden, The Daily Telegraph 'Hughes has produced such a comprehensive, scholarly and fluently written study of this horrific, complex man and his fascinating times that no one will need to revisit the subject for decades to come.' Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday

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  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press UK SR; 1st edition (6 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300082665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300082661
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 936,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thanks to Hughes' beautifully written...book, for the first time the English-speaking reader is provided with a sufficiently full and just account of the events and institutions of Peter's reign to allow...judgements to be attempted...Her work will without doubt long remain the standard text." Nikolai Tolstoy, Literary Review "A balanced and absorbing account of Peter and his times." Robin Buss, Independent on Sunday "The most comprehensive study of Petrine Russia available in English." Richard Pipes, The New Republic "Hughes has produced such a comprehensive, scholarly and fluently written study of this horrific, complex man and his fascinating times that no one will need to revisit the subject for decades to come." Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday "A superbly comprehensive survey of the Petrine era...Hughes writes in a crisp, factual, scholarly manner...She has a fine eye for significant detail, as well as the grand themes...The contemporary relevance of this splendid piece of history needs no underlining." George Walden, The Daily Telegraph "The scope and source materials of this survey put it into a class by itself...The value of this book is its tremendous wealth of information and its fascinating presentation of existing scholarship. Its clear prose makes it accessible to those without prior knowledge of Russian history." Choice

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Lindsey Hughes is professor of Russian history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.

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This book overshadows almost everything ever written about Peter the Great and his era. It is deeply researched, incisively argued, stylishly presented, and a marvelous read. Hughes organizes a huge amount of material logically and clearly; her prose exudes spirit and style. She revises much received wisdom. She treats many neglected topics with great insight and good sense. She makes many fascinating comparisons and constantly keeps in mind the contemporary context that Peter lived in. She has a wonderful eye for memorable quotations and shows great wit in her wide-ranging presentation. Her book makes many others look silly and shallow and stodgy. Her book achieves a wonderful balance between scholarly discoveries and revisions and popular topics with wide appeal to any literate person. A sterling achievement in all respects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellently organized and researched tome! 1 Aug 1999
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This book covers almost every angle of a very dynamic and consequential period in the history of Russia. Its organization allows the reader to move easily through the book and examine those parts which are of interest. I read the book from cover to cover and was never once displeased with the well-researched facts and attention to detail. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Russia's history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellently organized and researched tome! 1 Aug 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This book covers almost every angle of a very dynamic and consequential period in the history of Russia. Its organization allows the reader to move easily through the book and examine those parts which are of interest. I read the book from cover to cover and was never once displeased with the well-researched facts and attention to detail. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Russia's history.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, entertaining, refreshingly revisionist 18 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book overshadows almost everything ever written about Peter the Great and his era. It is deeply researched, incisively argued, stylishly presented, and a marvelous read. Hughes organizes a huge amount of material logically and clearly; her prose exudes spirit and style. She revises much received wisdom. She treats many neglected topics with great insight and good sense. She makes many fascinating comparisons and constantly keeps in mind the contemporary context that Peter lived in. She has a wonderful eye for memorable quotations and shows great wit in her wide-ranging presentation. Her book makes many others look silly and shallow and stodgy. Her book achieves a wonderful balance between scholarly discoveries and revisions and popular topics with wide appeal to any literate person. A sterling achievement in all respects.
5.0 out of 5 stars Russia in the Age of Peter the Great 9 Mar 2014
By Roger E. Borg - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent, thorough review of Russia during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Understanding this history is very relevant to current events.
5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced assessment! 17 Nov 2011
By Dag Stomberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Russian diplomacy is thought to have originated with Peter the Great. Because of his rule
Russia was not isolated from the rest of Europe.

Dr. Hughes' excellent scholarship produces one of the best books ever written about the
subject era. This account of Peter's reign brings to the reader most of what is essential
and should be considered as really the epitaph!

Dag Stomberg
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3.0 out of 5 stars far from excellent 20 Aug 2004
By Victoria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has a lot of interesting information but its written in such a dry manner that it will bore you silly.
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