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Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855

Alexander M. Martin


It is a cliché that tsarist Russia had two rival capitals: St Petersburg, Russia’s ”window to Europe” and Moscow, the tradition-bound metropolis of the Orthodox heartland. Enlightened Metropolis challenges this myth by examining the tsarist regime’s efforts to turn Moscow into a European city. In the eighteenth century, Europeans scorned Moscow as an ”Asiatic” city, and the tsars thought it a benighted place that endangered their political security and their effort to Westernize their country and gain respect for Russia abroad. Beginning with Catherine the Great, they sought to remake Moscow o ... More

Keywords: Moscow, Catherine II, Nicholas I, urban modernization, Napoleonic wars, Enlightenment, middle class, Russian national identity, material culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605781
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander M. Martin, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, USA