Voices of the Land and the Autocrat
CATHERINE AND PETER—contemporaries were already comparing these two names as symbols of two successive eras of Russian cultural history. Contemporaries also realized that the era of Catherine was not only a continuation of Peter’s but also constituted a sharp contrast with it at the same time. They even thought up a vivid metaphor for the contrast, and it became common currency among writers of Catherine’s age: “Peter created Russia’s body, but Catherine endowed it with a soul.”
KeywordsForeign Policy Eighteenth Century Corporal Punishment Russian Society Critical Idea
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