Politics and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Russia: Collected by Isabel De Madariaga

By Isabel De Madariaga

This can be a selection of 13 significant essays on eighteenth-century Russia by means of probably the most amazing Western historians. They illustrate and discover 3 significant issues: the improvement of the Russian nation and Russian society, within the years while Russia used to be altering from a minor strength at the ecu outer edge to an immense actor at the continental level; the effect of western rules and western concept on Russian politics and tradition; and the effect of the Enlightenment on Russia. it is a vast contribution not only to the background of Russia, yet to early smooth Europe usually.

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In his letters to Romodanovsky, the latter is frequently addressed as 'Your Majesty'. After the death of Romodanovsky in 1708, his son Ivan Fyodorovich was also appointed head of the Preobrazhensky Prikaz and was addressed by Peter as 'Your Majesty'. Similarly, the head of his band of revellers, the Synod of Drunken Fools, was entitled the Knyaz' Papa or Prince Pope, and Peter until his death scrupulously appointed a prince pope whenever a vacancy occurred. 64 But though he was evidently not a believer in the personal importance of titles, as ruler of Russia, Peter was fully aware of the need to establish his country more securely in the European states system.

Reges" et "regnum· ... pp. 171-3. 26. S. von Herberstein. La Moscovic dll X VIe siecle. ed. Robert Delort (Paris. 1965). 27. David B. Miller. 'The coronation of Ivan IV'. Jahrbucher fur Ceschichte Osteuropas. s .. 15 (1967). pp. 559-74. 211. Ibid .. and see I. Shevchenko. 'A neglected Byzantine source of Muscovite political ideology'. repr. in HaflJard Slat,if Studies. 5 (1954). pp. 141-79. 22 Tsar into emperor: the title of Peter the Great patriarch of Constantinople, the ecclesiastical superior of the Russian Orthodox Church, for confIrmation of his right to the title of tsar.

Nos 230. 232. pp. 181-2. 30 Tsar into emperor: the title of Peter the Great Rikoczi in Leopold's rear, in Hungary. The pope meanwhile had rejected both Majesty and tsar, though when Prince Boris Kurakin was sent to Rome in 1707 to persuade the pope not to recognise Stanislas Leszczynski as king of Poland after the peace of Altranstadt, the pope did agree to the use of 'potentissimus czar' but not 'maesta'. Kurakin refused to accept the brief. 65 The great victory of Poltava and the new status it gave to Russia persuaded Peter to take up again the question of recognition of the rank of Majesty and the title of emperor with the court of Vienna.

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