Peter the Great

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Hutchinson, 2009 - Russia - 236 pages
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Peter I, Emperor of all the Russias, has been a subject of curiosity and scrutiny for almost three centuries. But what was he really like? Physically, he was a strong, tall man (6' 8'' inches) who unlike previous Russian monarchs was not afraid of hard labour. He was an experienced army officer and navy admiral, a skilful shipbuilder and an amazingly energetic personality.

Peter was intelligent, impetuous and also cruel. He quashed several rebellions using whatever means necessary - even mass executions. He personally interrogated his own son, Alexei, suspected of plotting against him (Alexei was the first inmate of a high security political jail in the Peter and Paul fortress).

But the political achievements of this monumental figure were staggering. By bringing Russia into Europe and building it into a great European power, he single-handedly changed the course of history. If his vision was left unfulfilled at the time of his death it was only because it was so vast. The scale of Peter's massive reforms changed Russia, and Europe, for ever.

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User Review  - Ian Lorenz - Goodreads

This book was decent and brief. Excellent as an introduction or for the casual reader with an interest. A quality overview of an important monarch. If one was looking for an in depth look at Peter the Great I would recommend a book of the same name by Robert Massie. Read full review

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User Review  - Tyler Windham - Goodreads

"'The Swede from here will be frightened; Here a great city will be wrought To spite our neighborhood conceited. From here by Nature we're destined To cut a door to Europe wide, To step with a strong ... Read full review


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Derek Wilson graduated from Cambridge in 1961, and spent several years travelling and teaching in Africa before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster in 1971. He is well known through his books, radio and TV appearances, frequent journalistic features and festival appearances as one of the UK's leading narrative historians. Among his critically acclaimed and bestselling books are:The King and the Gentleman,In the Lion's Court,All the King's Women,CharlemagneandOut of the Storm.For more information please visit the author's website:

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