Cosmopolitan Russians

Author: Shawn Maust

Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg © Alex Florstein Fedorov, Wikimedia Commons


Alexander M. Martin, Nanovic Fellow and Professor of History, was awarded the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize for Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855. The prize, given by the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association, honors the best book in any discipline or language on the history and culture of Russia during that time period.

"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." 

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Photo Credit: Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg
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