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Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths

Kevin M. F. Platt

Abstract

This book focuses on a cruel paradox central to Russian history: that the price of progress has so often been the traumatic suffering of society at the hands of the state. The reigns of Ivan IV (the Terrible) and Peter the Great are the most vivid exemplars of this phenomenon in the pre-Soviet period. Both rulers have been alternately lionized for great achievements and despised for the extraordinary violence of their reigns. In many accounts, the balance of praise and condemnation remains unresolved; often the violence is simply repressed. The book explores historical and cultural representat ... More

Keywords: Russian history, Ivan IV, Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, pre-Soviet period, violence, Russian political life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801448133
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448133.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin M. F. Platt, author
University of Pennsylvania