Title

Peter the Great’s Westernization, Freeing Women from Seclusion Since 1682

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

15-5-2019

End Date

15-5-2019

Abstract

Russian history is often divided into Old Russia and the Russian Empire. The turning point is the reign of Peter the Great, who ascended to power in 1682. In the course of his reign in the seventeenth century the country became much more Westernized. This paper will identify changes in gender roles for elite women in marriage and the household as a result of this Westernization in Russia. Throughout this paper I will analyze primary sources to provide evidence of gender roles for elite women in Old Russia and to determine the changes in gender roles during Westernization. Notably, women during this period were allowed out of the terem, or seclusion within their homes, but they also lost some of their traditional power and rights. Peter the Great insisted they be invited to outings outside of their homes, but women who did attend his events were sometimes seen as fallen women. His policies may not have been directed at changing gender roles but ended up impacting the gendered expectations of women.

Department/Program

History

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Peter the Great’s Westernization, Freeing Women from Seclusion Since 1682

Ellensburg

Russian history is often divided into Old Russia and the Russian Empire. The turning point is the reign of Peter the Great, who ascended to power in 1682. In the course of his reign in the seventeenth century the country became much more Westernized. This paper will identify changes in gender roles for elite women in marriage and the household as a result of this Westernization in Russia. Throughout this paper I will analyze primary sources to provide evidence of gender roles for elite women in Old Russia and to determine the changes in gender roles during Westernization. Notably, women during this period were allowed out of the terem, or seclusion within their homes, but they also lost some of their traditional power and rights. Peter the Great insisted they be invited to outings outside of their homes, but women who did attend his events were sometimes seen as fallen women. His policies may not have been directed at changing gender roles but ended up impacting the gendered expectations of women.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2019/Oralpres/43