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Peter the Great
01 Oct 2012 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781908800978

The compelling story of the man who created modern Russia, founded St Petersburg and made his country part of Europe.

Non Fiction / HBLL (Modern History)
Extent: 928 pages
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Peter the Great: The compelling story of the man who created modern Russia, founded St Petersburg and made his country part of EuropeGreat Livesby Robert K. Massie

Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned at the age of 10. A barbarous, volatile feudal tsar with a taste for torture; a progressive and enlightened reformer of government and science; a statesman of vision and colossal significance: Peter the Great embodied the greatest strengths and weaknesses of Russia while being at the very forefront of her development.

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, and his relationships with those he loved most: Catherine, his loving mistress, wife, and successor; and Menshikov, the charming, unscrupulous prince who rose to power through Peter's friendship. Impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel, a man of enormous energy and complexity, Peter the Great is brought fully to life.

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 Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), Catherine the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea.

'Enthralling. As fascinating as a novel and more so than most' New York Times

Urgently readable... the work of a master of narrative history' Newsweek

'Exceptional' New Yorker

'A fascinating, well-researched and expertly written book that students of Russian history cannot afford to be without' History of Royals

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