The Petrine Revolution in Russian Architecture

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University of Chicago Press, Oct 26, 1988 - Architecture - 372 pages
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In this highly original book James Cracraft provides a major case study of the cultural revolution in Russia initiated by Peter the Great, tsar and first emperor (1682-1725). He recounts in fascinating detail how modern standards of architecture supplanted traditional norms in Russia following a massive injection of European expertise and indicates how, thereby, the modern Russian built world came into being. The first comprehensive study of the Petrine revolution in Russian architecture to be published in any language, the book includes nearly 250 illustrations, many of them original photographs appearing here for the first time.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Heritage in Contemporary European Eyes
19
An Architecture in Crisis
39
Moscow Baroque
79
Revolutionary Transitions
111
The Building of St Petersburg
147
The Revolution in Contemporary European Eyes
193
Conclusion
243
Notes
337
Bibliography
357
Index
365
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