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Peter the Great: Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress


The following list contains information about video resources related to Peter the Great that are available at the Library of Congress. The list includes two recordings of lectures which were hosted by the Library of Congress and are available online as well as a two-part Soviet film about the emperor which can be viewed by appointment in the Library's Moving Image Research Center.

Featured Event Videos

The following event videos described below are available for immediate viewing.

A History of Russian Architecture

Event Date: December 1, 2005

A video recording of a talk given by William Craft Brumfield at the Library of Congress. Brumfield, professor of Russian studies at Tulane University, discusses his book, "A History of Russian Architecture." The book is the most comprehensive study of Russian architecture in English, of interest to both scholars and general audiences. Illustrated with photographs taken by Brumfield, "The History of Russian Architecture" is divided into four parts: the early medieval period up to the Mongol invasion; the revival of architecture in Novgorod and Muscovy from the 14th to 17th centuries; Peter the Great's cultural revolution; and the advent of modern, avant-garde and monumental Soviet architecture.

Schools that Peter the Great Built: Projectors & the State in Early Modern Russia

Event Date: May 11, 2016

A video recording of a lecture given by Dr. Igor Fedyukin, associate professor of history at the National Research University of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. In his lecture, Dr. Fedyukin focuses on his current research for a book which, among other points, refutes the received wisdom that Peter I single-handedly designed schools and other institutions and forced them on an unwilling Russian public. He argues a greater role was played by the administrative entrepreneurs (or "projecteurs," as they were called) who pursued their own career goals and pet ideas, and competed for status and resources.

Historic Films

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. These films are only available for viewing onsite at the Library by appointment. Contact staff in the Moving Image Research Center for assistance.