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This is a collection of 18 essays, mostly by Russian authors, on the life and times of Peter the Great (1682-1725) and his transformation of Russia. To Russians of the eighteenth century, Peter had been the transformer of his nation, bringing to life a new, modern type of Russian man, literally creating Russia anew. But it was only in the nineteenth century, under the influence of the events in France after 1789, that radical intellectuals began to see Peter the Great as a revolutionary figure who had forcibly pushed Russia onto the path of secularism, rationalism, radical innovation, and modernity....
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