This is my third talk out four at the New York Times journey in the Baltic Sea 3-17 September 2017 (www.TimesJourneys.com). Please find attached to my essay a PowerPoint presentation with maps and pictures mostly taken from Wikipedia.
René Nyberg – 9th September 2017
New York Times Journeys
If Peter the Great were to found a new capital for Russia today, he’d site it on the Pacific coast! These heady words by a known Russian analyst reflect the changed geopolitical perspectives. But they also underline the extraordinary nature of Peter’s decision to build a new capital city 600 miles northwest from Moscow in the middle of nowhere on enemy – that is, Swedish – territory. The founding of St. Petersburg changed the course of history in the whole Baltic Sea area. In many ways, St. Petersburg defined the destiny of Finland.