Peter the Great: His Life and World

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Modern Library, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 1109 pages
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From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Robert K. Massie—also available are Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanovs

Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned co-tsar at the age of ten. The acclaimed author of Catherine the Great, Robert K. Massie delves deep into the life of this captivating historical figure, chronicling the pivotal events that shaped a boy into a legend—including his “incognito” travels in Europe, his unquenchable curiosity about Western ways, his obsession with the sea and establishment of the stupendous Russian navy, his creation of an unbeatable army, his transformation of Russia, and his relationships with those he loved most: Catherine, the robust yet gentle peasant, his loving mistress, wife, and successor; and Menshikov, the charming, bold, unscrupulous prince who rose to wealth and power through Peter's friendship. Impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel, tender and unforgiving, a man of enormous energy and complexity, Peter the Great is brought fully to life.

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User Review  - southdown - Overstock.com

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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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

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
17
Peters Childhood
21
A Maiden of Great Intelligence
37
The Revolt of the Streltsy
45
Moscow
48
The Great Schism
63
Peters Games
78
The Regency of Sophia
96
Poltava l║
596
Poltava
599
605
605
Surrender by the River _619
619
The Fruits of Poltava 630
630
ON THE EUROPEAN STAGE
643
The Sultans World 645
645
Liberator of the Balkan Christians
657

Sophia Overthrown
116
Gordon Lefort and the Jolly Company
132
Archangel
152
11 Azov║
164
The Great Embassy to Western Europe
187
It Is Impossible to Describe Him
203
Peter in Holland
216
The Prince of Orange
231
Peter in England
247
Leopold and Augustus
265
These Things Are in Your Way
285
Fire and Knout
297
Among Friends
319
Voronezh and the Southern Fleet 3 35
335
THE GREAT NORTHERN
351
Mistress of the North
353
The Swedish Empire at the beginning of
354
Let the Cannon Decide
369
Charles XII
382
Narva
396
The Battle of Narva I
403
We Must Not Lose Our Heads
415
The Founding of St Petersburg
434
Menshikov and Catherine
448
The Hand of the Autocrat
467
30 Polish Quagmire
485
Charles in Saxony
505
The Great Road to Moscow
523
Golovchin and Lesnaya
537
Mazeppa
556
The Worst Winter Within Memory
571
The Swedish invasion of Russia 17081709 538
577
The Gathering of Forces
586
Fifty Blows on the Pruth
673
The Pruth campaign
676
The German Campaign and Frederick William
691
The Coast of Finland
708
The Kalabalik
720
Venice of the North
733
An Ambassador Reports
746
The Second Journey West
760
The King Is a Mighty Man
774
A Visitor in Paris
785
The Education of an Heir 801
801
A Paternal Ultimatum 815
815
Flight of the Tsarevich
829
The Future on Trial
842
Charles Last Offensive 866
866
King George Enters the Baltic _881
881
Victory
894
THE NEW RUSSIA
905
In the Service of the State
907
Commerce by Decree
936
Supreme Under God
952
The Emperor in St Petersburg
967
Along the Caspian
995
Twilight
1007
Epilogue
1029
Genealogy of the Romanov Dynast 16131917 104 4
1045
Acknowledgments
1047
Selected Bibliography
1049
N║║
1055
1077
Europe in the time of Peter the Great
1110
Plans of St Petersburg 1716 1112
1139
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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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