F. M. Dostoevsky about Peter I

E. A. Akelkina

Омская гуманитарная академия, г. Омск, Российская Федерация

F. M. Dostoevsky about Peter I

Abstract: The author of the article examines the formation of historical consciousness in Russian literature using
the example of F. M. Dostoevsky’s thoughts about Peter I. The writer’s view is universal, as it is based on historiography,
reviews of those works in the magazines “Time” and “Epoch”, as well as on reflection on the moral meaning of the dialogue
between Russia and Europe, updated by Peter I. The topic of Peter I and his reforms is the most important for the formation
of historical consciousness among readers of literature of the 19th century; debates about the meaning and significance
of Peter’s coup have continued in culture for more than two centuries. F. M. Dostoevsky’s view on this issue is the most
universal since it was formed not only based on literature and historiography but also on the unique life experience that
united two cities created by the decision of Peter I out of military and state necessity — St. Petersburg and Omsk.

Keywords: St. Petersburg period, reforms of Peter I, historical consciousness, Westerners and Slavophiles, Slavic unity.

Paper submitted: June 26, 2023.

For citation: Akelkina E. A. (2024) F. M. Dostoevsky about Peter I. Russian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities,
vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 32–38. DOI: 10.57015/issn1998-5320.2024.18.1.3

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