The Founding of Russia's Navy: Peter the Great and the Azov Fleet, 1688-1714

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - History - 214 pages
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The reign of Peter the Great (1682-1725), long regarded as the turning point in the Europeanization of Russia, witnessed the establishment of Russia's first modern navy, the Azov Sea fleet. Its creation evokes a fundamental question about the era: was Peter a reformer or a revolutionary? This three-part study examines Russia's maritime experience in the 17th and early 18th centuries in order to address this central question. The author argues that Peter's development of the navy was revolutionary in the scale and level of technology brought to fruition through the reform of existing political and social structures.

 

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Contents

THE FIRST ROMANOVS AND THE SEA THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
13
PREPARATIONS
29
BEGINNINGS 16881696
31
THE GRAND EMBASSY To EUROPE 16971698
45
PERMANENCE
57
NEW ENTERPRISES OLD SOLUTIONS
59
GROWTH CHANGE AND MISSION 16971700
71
ADMIRALTY ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCES 17001710
85
THE LESSONS OF AZOV THE BALTIC FLEET 17021715
113
THE NAVY AND PETER THE GREATS RUSSIA
125
APPENDIX
131
NOTES
161
GLOSSARY OF SHIP TYPES
199
BIBLIOGRAPHY
201
INDEX
207
Copyright

RENEWAL AND RUIN 17001712
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EDWARD J. PHILLIPS is currently serving as a special projects consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. He has been a lecturer and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and the University of Maryland at College Park.

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