The Emperors and Empresses of Russia: Rediscovering the Romanovs

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Emperor Peter III, 1762

Although he occupied the Imperial throne for only 186 days, Peter III and his reign merit serious reconsideration. Traditionally depicted as a crude and often violent individual who managed during his brief rule to unleash a vicious attack on everything Russian, Peter has always had a few dissenting admirers, both among contemporaries and among later observers. They have been in the minority, however, because any serious attempt to rehabilitate him entails a reassessment of the reign of his disaffected wife, and successor, Catherine II (the Great).

The grandson of Peter the Great, Peter III (Holstein) had been brought to Russia in 1742 by his aunt, Empress Elizabeth I, and eventually designated as her heir. Shortly after becoming tsar, Peter was murdered in a palace coup engineered by Catherine, who needed to cast him--and his policies--in a negative light in order to strengthen her own tenuous claim to the throne. As emperor, Peter had clearly overstepped the political interests of the elite; otherwise Catherine would not have been able to muster enough support to become his successor. But is there more to his reign than the tendentious accounts of Catherine and her admirers suggest?

Aleksandr Sergeevich Mylnikov thinks so. Taking up the case of the muchmaligned Peter III and, echoing the recent labors of American historian Carol S. Leonard, 1 Mylnikov calls for a reappraisal of the man and his reign. "There is no reason to idealize Peter III. . . . But neither is there any reason to condemn him unequivocally and to examine his every action in the spirit of ill will, without regard to the circumstances and motives which dictated them." Distancing himself from generations of Soviet historical writing that took a critical view of Peter, the author presents a plausible alternative. His revisionist account calls for a more sober, less sympathetic evaluation of Catherine, whose unbridled ambition doomed Peter, the victim of "unfortunate circum-

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  • The New Russian History ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • About the Editors and Contributors vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Emperor Peter I, 1682-1725 3
  • Empress Anna Ivanovna, 1730-1740 37
  • Empress Elizabeth I, 1741-1762 66
  • Emperor Peter III, 1762 101
  • Empress Catherine II, 1762-1796 134
  • Emperor Paul I, 1796-1801 177
  • Emperor Alexander I, 1801-1825 216
  • Emperor Nicholas I, 1825-1855 256
  • Emperor Alexander II, 1855-1881 294
  • Emperor Alexander III, 1881-1894 334
  • Emperor Nicholas II, 1894-1917 369
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 403
  • Index 405
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