Patrick Gordon as Scotsman

In: Canadian-American Slavic Studies
Author: Paul Dukes 1
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  • 1 University of Aberdeen, Scotland

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In this essay, a well known senior scholar of early modern Russian history reflects on his encounters with Professor Ruslan Skrynnikov and on his own research interests, especially the career and diary of General Patrick Gordon, the famous Scotsman who mentored Peter the Great. Also included are the author’s reflections on the “General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century” and the impact on history of global climate change.

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    See Paul Dukes, “Russia and Mid-Seventeenth Century Europe: Some Comments on the Work of B.F. Porshnev,” Europe Studies Review 4, no. 2 (1974): 81–88; “History Congress in Moscow,” The Russian Review 30, no. 3 (1971): 240–249; B.F. Porshnev, Muscovy and Sweden in the Thirty Years’ War (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995).

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    Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Maslin, “Defining the Anthropocene,” Nature 519 (2015): 171–180.

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    Paul Dukes, ed., “Patrick Gordon and his Family Circle: Some Additional Letters,” Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies [hereafter: JISS] 7, no. 2 (2014): 129.

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    Fedosov, “Introduction,” p. xvi.

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    Murdoch, “Surfing the Waves,” 76.

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    John E. Wills, 1688: A Global History (London: Norton, 2001), p. 99. Wills makes several references to Gordon and his Diary.

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    Geoffrey Parker, Global Crisis: War, Global Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (London: Yale Univ. Press, 2013), p. xxvii. Christopher Hill’s observation in Trevor Aston, ed., Crisis in Europe, 1550–1650 (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1965), p. 3.

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