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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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World Symbol Petersburg’s Imperial Expanse, from an English Brush

Russia's Globalization:
A Key

Events marked Russia Symbol are specific to Muscovy/Russia's internal development.
Those marked World Symbol are important world historical or cultural events.
Engagement Symbol indicates specific points of sociocultural or military engagement between Muscovy/Russia and foreign powers or individuals.



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John Augustus Atkinson (1775–ca. 1833)
Panoramic View of St. Petersburg
London: J. A. Atkinson, [1805–7]
NYPL, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs,
Print Collection

John Augustus Atkinson’s panoramic views of St. Petersburg were published in London with a dedication to Catherine the Great’s beloved grandson, Emperor Alexander I (r. 1801–25). Atkinson drew these views in the 1790s from the cupola of the Kunstkamera, one of the highest towers in the city.  


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