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Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World

From Peter the Great to Karl Marx

James Cracraft

Edited By William Benton Whisenhunt

Professor James Cracraft is an established specialist on early modern Russian history, particularly the era of Peter the Great (1682-1725), tsar and first Russian emperor. This volume gathers some of the many key articles and reviews published by him over the last forty years and more in a wide variety of scholarly venues, some of which are not readily accessible. They constitute in sum important contributions not only to Russian history broadly understood, but also to the study of history itself. The collection will include a preface by the editor and an introduction by the author, where he will sum up his decades of historical work and point to new avenues of needed research, all the while emphasizing that "history" properly understood does not exist somewhere on its own but is the creation, however imperfect, of professional historians (as "chemistry", say, is properly understood as the work, however imperfect, of professional chemists).

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←iii | iv→Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Control Number: 2021007534

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ISBN 978-1-4331-8553-3 (hardcover)

ISBN 978-1-4331-8554-0 (ebook pdf)

ISBN 978-1-4331-8555-7 (epub)

ISBN 978-1-4331-8556-4 (mobi)

DOI 10.3726/b18243

Cover: engraving by F. Ottens, Allegory of Peter I (1725), from the author’s own collection; illustration of Karl Marx ©

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