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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Robert K. Massie is my favorite modern biographer, and he doesn't disappoint here. Massie's great skill is in illustrating the world his subjects live in, not just dry recitation of dates. He creates ... Read full review

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User Review  - Neil Pearson - Goodreads

This book leaves no stone uncovered when it comes to Peter the Great and is a probably the best place for someone to get a thorough overview of the man and his deeds. It's also pretty good at ... Read full review

Contents

Russia during the youth of Peter the Great 672696
14
Peters Childhood
19
A Maiden of Great Intelligence
33
Moscow
40
The Great Schism
53
Peters Games
65
The Regency of Sophia
81
Sophia Overthrown
95
Mazeppa
455
The Worst Winter Within Memory
467
The Gathering of Forces
479
Poltava
490
Poltava II
496
Poltava IV
503
Surrender by the River
507
The Fruits of Poltava
516

Gordon Lefort and the Jolly Company
108
Archangel
115
Azov
134
The Great Embassy
153
It Is Impossible to Describe Him
168
Peter in Holland
178
The Prince of Orange
190
Peter in England
203
Leopold and Augustus
217
These Things Are in Your Way
234
Fire and Knout
244
Among Friends
262
2 Voronezh and the Southern Flcct
275
The Great Northern
287
The Swedish Empire at the beginning of the Great Northern War
293
Let the Cannon Decide
302
Charles Xll
312
Narva
323
The Battle of Narva I
329
The Battle of Narva II
335
We Must Not Lose Our Heads
339
The Founding of St Petersburg
355
Menshikov and Catherine
367
The Hand of the Autocrat 333
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
On the European Stage
527
Liberator of the Balkan Christians
539
Fifty Blows on the Pruth
552
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
615
The King Is a Mighty Man
635
A Visitor in Paris
644
The Education of an Heir
657
A Paternal Ultimatum
671
Flight of the Tsarevich
681
The Future on Trial
692
Charles Last Offensive
711
King George Enters the Baltic
724
Victory
735
The New Russia
745
Commerce by Decree
770
Supreme Under
783
The Emperor in St Petersburg
795
Genealogy of the Romanov Dynasty 16131917
859
Notes
869
168
876
Index
887
203
897
217
903
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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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