European Civilization, 1648-1945

Yale,, Fall 2008 , Prof. John Merriman

Updated On 02 Feb, 19


Introduction - Absolutism and the State - Dutch and British Exceptionalism - Peter the Great - The Enlightenment and the Public Sphere - Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution - Napoleon - Industrial Revolutions - Middle Classes - Popular Protest - Why no Revolution in 1848 in Britain - Nineteenth-Century Cities - Nationalism - Radicals - Imperialists and Boy Scouts - The Coming of the Great War - War in the Trenches - Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning (Guest Lecture by Jay Winters) - The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution - Successor States of Eastern Europe - Stalinism - Fascists - Collaboration and Resistance in World War II - The Collapse of Communism and Global Challenges


Lecture 4: Peter the Great

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European Civilization, 1648-1945 (HIST 202)Peter the Greats historical significance stems not only from his military ambitions and the great expansion of the Russian Empire under his supervision, but also from his efforts to introduce secular, Western customs and ideas into Russian culture. Despite his notorious personal brutality, Peters enthusiasm for science and modern intellectual concerns made an indelible mark both on Russias relationship to the West and on its internal politics. The struggle under Peters reign between Westernizers and Slavophiles, or those who resist foreign influences, can be seen at work in Russia up to the present day.0000 - Chapter 1. Peter the Great and the Territorial Expansion of Russia0737 - Chapter 2. Russia as a European Power The Influence of the West on the Russian State 1447 - Chapter 3. The Peculiarities of Peter the Great The Peasant Czar2737 - Chapter 4. A New Culture Divergences from the Russian Orthodox Religious Tradition 3240 - Chapter 5. The Boyars Junior Partners in Russian Absolutism 3729 - Chapter 6. Peter the Great The Ambivalent Child of European Rationalism Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educoursesThis course was recorded in Fall 2008.



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