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The Symbols of Tsarist Power in Petrine Russia: An Analysis of Contemporary Historiography

Student: Anna Ostapenko

Supervisor: Evgeny N. Trefilov

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

Nowadays historians pay significant attention to the images of power of Russian and foreign rulers. The personality of Peter I is not ignored. It is known that the image of the sovereign is formed under the influence of certain symbols, which are studied in detail by researchers. Thus, the work is devoted to the analysis of the symbolism of power of Peter's time in modern Russian and foreign historiography. One group of researchers, led by Richard Wortman, draws attention to court ceremonial as a symbol of power, while other historians, such as W. M. Zhivov explore the visual attributes of the monarch's power. The third group of scientists focused on the decree- making of Peter the Great as a factor that forms his image of power. Despite this fact, generalizing study of the symbols of the monarch's power in modern historiography does not exist. This paper is intended to complement the block of historiographic studies of Petrine Russia and to generalize the conclusions of Russian and foreign researchers on this topic.

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