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A Short History Of Russia

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CHAPTER III. PETER THE GREAT—CATHERINE I.—PETER II.— ANN—IVAN IV.—ELIZABETH—PETER III. THE dynasty of Ruric reached the summit of its glory in the person of Ivan the Great. With his death it came to an end. There was no legitimate...
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CHAPTER III. PETER THE GREAT—CATHERINE I.—PETER II.— ANN—IVAN IV.—ELIZABETH—PETER III. THE dynasty of Ruric reached the summit of its glory in the person of Ivan the Great. With his death it came to an end. There was no legitimate heir to succeed to the Russian imperial honours, and in 1613 Michael Romanoff, the ancestor of the present reigning house, was chosen by the popular vote to fill the vacant throne. The fifth monarch of the prolific line of Romanoff was Peter the First, who is regarded as the founder of the greatness of his country, the Father and Legislator of his people, and whose memory is venerated to' day in the lowliest cottage upon the most desolate and distant steppe of the Muscovite dominions. Ascending the throne in 1682, his name soon became a household wordthroughout the whole of Europe. His extraordinary perseverance, his sagacity, his energy, his intellectual power, and his remarkable individuality and force of character, together with his quaint devices to find out the needs and opinions of his people, and his utter disregard of courtly observances, are familiar to all readers of history. He inaugurated his reign with an attack upon the Turks, and captured Azof from them in 1694. Whilst visiting England, he was suddenly recalled to crush out a formidable mutiny amongst his troops. This he did most effectively by disbanding the disloyal regiments and executing in cold blood two thousand of the ringleaders, some of these perishing by the hand of the Czar himself: it is said that he was even delighted at the adroit manner in which he performed this undignified task. In 1701 the pretensions of the Clerical party were mercilessly set aside by Peter, who declared himself the supreme head of the Church inRussia, and who emphasised this step by at once ...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780559179037
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 10/9/2008
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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CHAPTER III. PETER THE GREAT—CATHERINE I.—PETER II.— ANN—IVAN IV.—ELIZABETH—PETER III. THE dynasty of Ruric reached the summit of its glory in the person of Ivan the Great. With his death it came to an end. There was no legitimate heir to succeed to the Russian imperial honours, and in 1613 Michael Romanoff, the ancestor of the present reigning house, was chosen by the popular vote to fill the vacant throne. The fifth monarch of the prolific line of Romanoff was Peter the First, who is regarded as the founder of the greatness of his country, the Father and Legislator of his people, and whose memory is venerated to' day in the lowliest cottage upon the most desolate and distant steppe of the Muscovite dominions. Ascending the throne in 1682, his name soon became a household wordthroughout the whole of Europe. His extraordinary perseverance, his sagacity, his energy, his intellectual power, and his remarkable individuality and force of character, together with his quaint devices to find out the needs and opinions of his people, and his utter disregard of courtly observances, are familiar to all readers of history. He inaugurated his reign with an attack upon the Turks, and captured Azof from them in 1694. Whilst visiting England, he was suddenly recalled to crush out a formidable mutiny amongst his troops. This he did most effectively by disbanding the disloyal regiments and executing in cold blood two thousand of the ringleaders, some of these perishing by the hand of the Czar himself: it is said that he was even delighted at the adroit manner in which he performed this undignified task. In 1701 the pretensions of the Clerical party were mercilesslyset aside by Peter, who declared himself the supreme head of the Church inRussia, and who emphasised this step by at once ...
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