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As capital of the Russian empire from the early eighteenth century until the fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917, St Petersburg has often been seen as Russia's 'window onto Europe'. From its origins as an isolated military settlement at its foundation, St Petersburg grew rapidly to become a major European capital under Catherine the Great. This book examines the city's development in the crucial period before Catherine's accession and its development as a suitable seat for the Russian imperial court. The court played a leading role in fostering the various cultural changes that were introduced in Russia during the eighteenth century. In exploring the ceremonial and social life of St Petersburg during this period, the foundation for the glittering courts of the later Romanov rulers, the book highlights another important aspect of the relationship between Russia and Europe.

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Paul Keenan is a Lecturer in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics, UK, where he has taught since 2004. His research examines the social and cultural development of Russia during the eighteenth century, with particular focus on the activities of the Russian court.

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1. Location: Situating the City

2. Regulation: Policing the City's Inhabitants

3. Organisation: The Court and its Celebrations

4. Interaction: The City's Social Life

5. Instruction: Fashioning an Audience



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Keenan, Paul
Palgrave MacMillan
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Modern - 18th Century
Social history
Russia-General Russian History
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History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General

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