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The Bronze HorsemanFalconet's Monument to Peter the Great$
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Alexander M. Schenker

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300097122

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300097122.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Bronze Horseman

Alexander M. Schenker

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter describes Russia's early history and the founding of St. Petersburg. It considers the accomplishments of Peter the Great and how he dragged Russia out of its medieval backwater and into the modern age. Peter's revolution went far deeper than the external manifestations of modernization—changes in the liturgy, calendar, and alphabet, Western garb, and shaved-off beards. He unraveled the threads that made up the tissue of Russian society and replaced them with new ones of his own making. The chapter also discusses the French domination of the Russian cultural scene and the unveiling of Peter's statue in 1782.

Keywords:   Peter the Great, St. Petersburg, Russian culture

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