Dr. Willard Sunderland

This course examines Russian history during the life and reign of Peter the Great (1672-1725).

It investigates fundamental questions of continuity and change set against the momentous developments of the era. Key themes such as modernization, westernization, autocracy, war,  transformations in gender relations and family life, and the experience of empire will be explored,  and this transformational period in Russia will be considered in comparative perspective with particular emphasis on parallels with European states and the empires of the Ottoman and the Qing.