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Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825
1453 Through the Reign of Ivan the Terrible (1533-1584) The Time of Troubles to the First Romanovs (1598-1682) Peter the Great and His Legacy (1682-1762) The Age of Catherine the Great (1762-1801) The Reign of Emperor Alexander I (1801-1825)


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The Reign of Emperor Alexander I (1801-1825): A Summary of Russian History
Russia Symbol Introduction
Russia Symbol In the Spirit of His Grandmother
Russia Symbol A Law-based State
Russia Symbol The Napoleonic Wars
The Reign of Emperor Alexander I (1801-1825): A Summary of World History

Russia's Globalization:
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   A Romantic English View of the “Northern Venice”

  A Romantic English View of the “Northern Venice”
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A Picture of St. Petersburgh
London: Printed for E. Orme, by J. F. Dove, 1815
NYPL, General Research Division

After its key role in Napoleon’s defeat, Russia held enormous interest for other European peoples, both victors and vanquished. Publications such as this collection of views served to further emphasize Russia’s European character. Here, ships and smaller barges ply the waters at the confluence of the Greater and Lesser Neva rivers. In the distance are the Academy of Sciences building on Vasilevskii Island, and the Bourse. The gondola-like craft navigating its canals emphasize the romantic notion of St. Petersburg as the “Northern Venice.”