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A Window to the West History has it that the United States capital city of Washington D.C. was created with the intention of intimidating visiting foreign heads of state. The development of this city had reason and purpose; neither of which are very natural or human. St. Petersburg was viewed by the Russian individuals within this context. Typically a city develops from a little town to a enormous metropolis with years and years of expansion external. The Russian individuals already plagued by xenophobia, couldn't accept Peter the Great's brand new city designed with Western ideals and also created by Western thoughts. Peter the Great sought to put his country into the modern and more western universe. By means of taxing old dress, and creating a table of ranks in which upward mobility is possible and higher education associations. Throughout his travels throughout Europe Peter, yearned to update and facilitate Russia as a respected power and as a modernized country. So as to westernize Russia a bodily connection had to be established between the Old World Russia and the rest of Europe. The only method to accomplish this feat, would be to create travel and trade routes between the West and Russia. After securing his boundaries, another task "of expanding Russia's contacts and territory, especially in a way that would liberate Russia from its long isolation as a landlocked country." (Thompson 98) Contact with the west was restricted because of Russia's lack of access to warm water seaports where travel and trade between Russia and the West may happen. The need for warm water seaports consequently shaped Peter's foreign policy. Peter tried to obtain access into the Baltic Sea by defeating Sweden, the most effective drive in northern central Europe...