The Treaty of Stolbovo (1617) was only the first step in making peace between Sweden and Muscovy at the end of the Time of Troubles. The delimitation process ended only in August 1621. This article describes the circumstances of the first stage of delimitation in Ingria in 1617-1618 that occurred at the same time that the "Lithuanian" menace directly threatened Moscow itself. Old residents, mostly local peasants, supported both the Swedish and Russian delimitation commissions. The result of that delimitation was a clear and transparent borderline that existed for more than eighty years. © koninklijke brill nv, leiden, 2015.
Bolshevik Millenarianism as Academic Blockbuster
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In 1923–1924 the Bolshevik Party experienced political conflict that took the form of a public confrontation between two trends related to issues of intra-party practice and economic policies. This essay examines the Left Opposition in the Bolshevik party, which is widely known as the Trotskyist Opposition; yet was not a unified faction led by Lev Trotsky, but a heterogeneous and informal movement in support of democratic reform in the party. The problem of party, government, and economic leadership led to friction and then a split in the party in 1926–1928. The majority of the Central Committee and the Opposition became the ideological and organizational core of the trends which combined into stable or situational coalitions.
This article is devoted to the evaluation of the first Russian Emperor, Peter I. According to the author, Russia became a European power thanks largely to his efforts. But, at the same time, we cannot reject other points of view about Peter I. Therefore, the author appears both as a "Westerner" who justifies and defends Peter and as a conservative patriot who condemns Peter and his politics. Both views have their place because they reflect the complex and ambiguous role of Peter the Great in Russian history.
This article explores Catherine II’s views on the question of the succession to the throne, views which are reflected in draft laws of succession, separate and scattered notes she wrote, in her search for precedents in global history for succession through the female line, and in her handwritten synopsis of the text “Pravda voli monarshei” ( "Truth about the Monarch's Will"). The article relies on archival materials, many of which have never before been studied, and it analyzes the general problem of the succession during the so-called “era of palace coups” in terms of the 1722 Petrine Law of Succession. Succession is here examined in the broader context of the power of, and limits to, Russian autocracy.