Russian Legends: The Life and Legacy of Peter the Great [NOOK Book]

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*Includes pictures of Peter and important people, places, and events.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“I have conquered an empire, but have not been able to conquer myself.” – Peter the Great

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ Russian Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of Russia’s most important men and women ...
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Overview

*Includes pictures of Peter and important people, places, and events.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“I have conquered an empire, but have not been able to conquer myself.” – Peter the Great

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ Russian Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of Russia’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

For anyone trying to understand the origins of modern Russia, the search should begin with Tsar Peter I (1672-1725), who titled himself Peter the Great during his lifetime. The moniker is fitting, considering the manner in which Peter brought Russia out of the Middle Ages and into the 18th century. Through a series of campaigns, Peter turned Russia into a formidable empire that would subsequently become a major force on the European continent, while also emulating Western Europe and turning Russia into an international state that interacted with the other continental powers. By revolutionizing and modernizing Russian arms, including the creation of Russia’s first naval force, Peter was able to pursue an aggressive and expansionist foreign policy that set the stage for the way the European map would be redrawn again and again over the coming centuries. .

Perhaps more remarkably, as Peter was stretching Russia’s borders, he was transforming Russia from the inside as well. Fond of the cultures to the west, Peter embraced technology, science and the arts, developing a new educational system for his people and supporting a number of institutions of higher learning in Russia. He built a European-style capital at St. Petersburg and also established new ports and access to the Baltic Sea for the purposes of opening up trade with the west.

At the same time, if Peter was responsible for the modernization of Russia, he can also be held responsible for some of its more unsavory features. Though he accomplished a great many achievements during his reign, he also formally defined the status of Russian serfs for more than 200 years and bankrupted the Russian state with his navy, wars and building campaigns in St. Petersburg. Remedying the situations left by Peter would fall upon his successors, and not all of them would prove up to the challenges.

Russian Legends: The Life and Legacy of Peter the Great chronicles the life of the Russian Tsar and the profound historical legacy he left. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Peter the Great like you never have before, in no time at all.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016213484
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors
  • Publication date: 3/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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