Peter the Great: His Life and World

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 22, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 928 pages
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Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great. He brought Russia from the darkness of its own Middle Ages into the Enlightenment and transformed it into the power that has its legacy in the Russia of our own century.
 

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Read this book before my travels to St. Petersburg. Found it gave me a lot of insight into Peter and his dedication to the country as well as giving me a travel basis for what I was seeing in St. Petersburg. Read full review

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I can understand why this incredible biography was a Pulitzer Prize recipient. Having read two of Massie's Romanov books, I was familiar with his thoroughness, but the scope of Peter's life story was ... Read full review

Contents

Russia during the youth of Peter the Great 16721696
14
Peters Childhood
18
A Maiden of Great Intelligence
31
The Revolt of the Streltsy
38
Moscow
40
The Great Schism
53
Peters Games
65
The Regency of Sophia
79
448
488
Poltava
490
Poltava III
499
Surrender by the River
507
The Fruits of Poltava
516
On the European Stage
527
Liberator of the Balkan Christians
539
Fifty Blows on the Pruth
552

Sophia Overthrown
95
Gordon Lefort and the Jolly Company
108
Archangel
124
Azov
134
16
155
Among Friends
262
2I Voronezh and the Southern Fleet
275
The Great Northern
287
The Swedish Empire at the beginning of the Great Northern War
293
Let the Cannon Decide
302
Charles Xii
312
Narva
323
The Battle of Narva I
331
We Must Not Lose Our Heads
339
The Founding of St Petersburg
355
Menshikov and Catherine
367
The Hand of the Autocrat
383
Polish Quagmire
397
Charles in Saxony
413
The Great Road to Moscow
427
Golovchin and Lesnaya
439
The Swedish invasion of Russia 17081709
441
Mazeppa
455
The Worst Winter Within Memory
467
The Gathering of Forces
479
The Pruth campaign
555
The German Campaign and Frederick William
567
The Coast of Finland
581
The Kalabalik
591
Venice of the North
602
An Ambassador Reports
613
The King Is a Mighty Man
635
A Visitor in Paris
644
The Education of an Heir
657
A Paternal Ultimatum
669
Flight of the Tsarevich
681
The Future on Trial
692
Charles Last Offensive
711
King George Enters the Baltic
724
Victory
735
In the Service of the State
747
Commerce by Decree
770
Supreme Under
783
Along the Caspian
818
Genealogy of the Romanov Dynasty 16131917
858
Notes
869
Index
887
Europe in the time of Peter the Great 910911
910
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About the author (2012)

Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His books include Nicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea, and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.

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