‘An Imperial Amsterdam’? The St Petersburg Age in Northern Europe

  • Max Engman


One of the most momentous in the wave of proposals to change place names brought about by the perestroika and the consecutive political changes in the Soviet Union was the proposal to change the name of Leningrad. After a heated discussion and a referendum the city got its old name Sankt-Peterburg back in September 1991. The other alternatives were Leningrad of 1924 and the Russifled name Petrograd of 1914. The writer Alexander Solshenitsyn wrote a letter to the city soviet arguing that the name should be Svyato-Petrograd (Holy-Petrograd) a Russian name emphasising that the city got its name after the apostle Peter, not after its founder.


Factory Worker Linguistic Minority Dual Labour Market Karelian Isthmus Eccentric Centre 
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