Reform and Regicide

The Reign of Peter III of Russia
Carol S. Leonard
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/22/1993
ISBN: 978-0-253-11280-4
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1994

This book is an important contribution to an understanding of the development of the Russian political tradition." —Choice

... the fullest and most extensively researched narrative available in a western language on Peter III... " —Slavic Review

... packed with information and convincing analysis... those familiar with eighteenth-century Russian history will find it most rewarding." —Journal of Interdisciplinary History

A provocative reexamination of legislation and foreign policy under Peter III. Utilizing archival and published sources, Leonard shows this brief reign to have been a significant turning point in the evolution of economic and social policy. This work represents an important contribution to our understanding of eighteenth-century Russian monarchy." —Richard Wortman

Leonard’s convincing reassessment of the reign of Peter III squarely places it in the reformist tradition for which Catherine II claimed to have served as exclusive midwife. This is an impressive departure from received notions about the contrast between Peter’s reign and that of his ambitious spouse."—Michael F. Metcalf

... a well-drawn scholarly study... " —Library Journal

Portrayed as "a libertine, a halfwit, and a drunkard" by his wife, Catherine the Great, and the victim of a coup engineered by her, Peter III has received short shrift from historians. Carol S. Leonard challenges these interpretations and argues that his policies were firmly rooted in the traditions of Russian absolutism and the intellectual climate of his times.

Author Bio

CAROL S. LEONARD is Professor of History at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and Fellow of the Russian Research Center, Harvard University.

Reviews

““This book is an important contribution to an understanding of the development of the Russian political tradition.” —Choice “ . . . the fullest and most extensively researched narrative available in a western language on Peter III . . . ” —Slavic Review “ . . . packed with information and convincing analysis . . . those familiar with eighteenth-century Russian history will find it most rewarding.” —Journal of Interdisciplinary History “A provocative reexamination of legislation and foreign policy under Peter III. Utilizing archival and published sources, Leonard shows this brief reign to have been a significant turning point in the evolution of economic and social policy. This work represents an important contribution to our understanding of eighteenth-century Russian monarchy.” —Richard Wortman “Leonard’s convincing reassessment of the reign of Peter III squarely places it in the reformist tradition for which Catherine II claimed to have served as exclusive midwife. This is an impressive departure from received notions about the contrast between Peter’s reign and that of his ambitious spouse.” —Michael F. Metcalf “ . . . a well-drawn scholarly study . . . ” —Library Journal Portrayed as “a libertine, a halfwit, and a drunkard” by his wife, Catherine the Great, and the victim of a coup engineered by her, Peter III has received short shrift from historians. Carol S. Leonard challenges these interpretations and argues that his policies were firmly rooted in the traditions of Russian absolutism and the intellectual climate of his times.”

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Interpreting the Reign of Peter III
I. Origins of Reform
II. Emancipation of the Russian Nobility
III. Secularization of the Exxlesiastical Estates
IV. National Revenues
V. Foreign Policy
VI. Why the Coup?
VII. Conclusion: Russian Autocracy at Mid-Century

Notes
Bibliography
Index