Peter the Great: His Life and World

Peter the Great: His Life and World

Robert K. Massie

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Against the huge canvas of 17th- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the superb tale of Peter the good, topped co-tsar on the age of ten. Robert ok. Massie delves deep into the lifetime of this pleasing old determine, chronicling the pivotal occasions that formed a boy right into a legend—including his “incognito” travels in Europe, his unquenchable interest approximately Western methods, his obsession with the ocean and institution of the stupendous Russian army, his construction of an unbeatable military, his transformation of Russia, and his relationships with these he enjoyed such a lot: Catherine, the powerful but mild peasant, his loving mistress, spouse, and successor; and Menshikov, the captivating, daring, unscrupulous prince who rose to wealth and tool via Peter’s friendship. Impetuous and obdurate, beneficiant and harsh, gentle and unforgiving, a guy of huge strength and complexity, Peter the good is introduced totally to lifestyles.

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