Peter the Great
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Peter the Great

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by Derek Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312550995

ISBN-13: 9780312550998

Pub. Date: 01/05/2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

"There has never been a more remarkable national leader in modern history than Peter the Great (1672-1725). He was a giant in every way. In physical stature, willpower, enthusiasm, energy, libertinism, and refusal to accept old conventions, he stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries. He grew up in an atmosphere of fear, suspicion, and court rivalries that

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"There has never been a more remarkable national leader in modern history than Peter the Great (1672-1725). He was a giant in every way. In physical stature, willpower, enthusiasm, energy, libertinism, and refusal to accept old conventions, he stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries. He grew up in an atmosphere of fear, suspicion, and court rivalries that often assumed violent forms. He only gained power, at the age of seventeen, by ousting his half sister, Sophia, and shutting her up in a nunnery. As a product of the system, Peter was, of necessity, ruthless and tyrannical, personally carrying out the execution of defeated rebels and even effecting the death of his own son." "But there his identification with Russia's past ends. For what has earned Peter his place in history is his tearing his country, kicking and screaming, from its traditional, oriental customs and beliefs and integrating it into the life of Europe. He removed the privileges of the medieval aristocracy, brought the church under state control, and rejected the old Russian calendar in favor of the dating system used in Europe. He even ordered his courtiers and officials to shave their traditional beards and adopt Western dress codes. He avidly studied the latest scientific and technological advances and employed them to build a modern army and to create from scratch a Russian navy. These tools he used to devastating effect by destroying the Swedish Empire and making Russia (with its brand-new capital, St. Petersburg) master of the Baltic." European leaders did not know what to make of this eccentric, unsophisticated tsar who loathed pomp and ceremony, served as a junior officer in his own armed forces,and indulged in rowdy, boorish behavior. Yet, by the end of his remarkable reign, this man, who had made a servant girl his own wife and empress, had married members of his family into the royal houses of Europe. Thanks to Peter the Great, Russia was profoundly changed. So was Europe.

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ISBN-13:
9780312550998
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1 Survival 1

2 The Third Rome 16

3 The Travels of Peter Mikhailov 32

4 Avenging Angel 58

5 'An army of veterans beaten by a mob' 81

6 Unhappy Families 109

7 'The horizon is clear' 133

8 'Projects that I have not been able to carry out' 157

Epilogue: All Unsilenceable Trumpet 184

Bibliography 209

References 213

Index 219

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