Lectures Archive

Saint Petersburg: Peter I The Great

Posted February 26, 2012 By mariaholl

(Lecture given by Dr Bruce Holl) The First Romanovs (1613-1689) – The Tsars of this period are of less interest than their followers – There was during this period an increasing interest in things western, or in other words, a nascent interest in precisely the things that would obsess Peter I – This was also […]

Moscow: The Cossacks

Posted February 26, 2012 By mariaholl

The word “cossack” (казак) comes from the Turkic and means approximately “free man”. Before it indicated any kind of organized group, it referred to migrant workers, men who cut ties with kin and village and moved from place to place, from job to job, and from opportunity to opportunity. Little by little, the meaning narrowed […]

Moscow II – The Domostroi

Posted February 26, 2012 By mariaholl

It’s not just foreign envoys and travelers who kept notes and made commentaries on Muscovite Russia. The new state, with its new system of government, and its newly-acquired vast territories, needed greater control and coordination between the capital and the far-lying borders. Many of the tools that helped build and maintain the Russian empire were […]