The Drunk Assembly

Lindsey Hughes in “Russia in the Era of Peter the Great” spends a good bit of time discussing Peter’s “All Drunk Assembly” and “Mock Court”. Through discussing this we can see that Hughes lists a number of opinions of historians as well as her own for the reason that Peter created and continued these two bodies. These explanations begin on page 256 of “Russia in the Era of Peter the Great”. After reviewing these, why do you believe Peter created and continued to utilize these institutions? Was it as simple as trying to blow off steam or was there a deeper symbolic meaning behind these?

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