Peter the Great: Part 3 of 3
In this magnificent biography by the author of NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, Robert Massie depicts the life and times of one of civilization's most extraordinary rulers, Peter I, Czar of Russia. The first czar to travel outside his own country, he was insatiably curious and fired by Western ideas.
Peter wanted to bring Russia out of its stifling medievali...more
Maybe because it is a biography it doesn't give much attention to the extent of the terror and suffering caused by the massive mobilisation and movements of population caused by his military and civil policies (Anisimov's book The Reforms of Peter the Great Progress Through Coercion in Russia is great on this even if t ...more
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+ Pyotr Đại đế đã biến Nga từ chỗ một đất nước lạc hậu thành một đế quốc bằng cách học theo phương Tây. (Sau này, Nhật trở thành một đế quốc hùng cường cũng bằng cách học theo phương Tây.)
+ Ông học cách đóng tàu của người Hà Lan, Anh và Venice. Học cách làm thương mại của người Hà Lan. Đích thân ông được cấp chứng chỉ đóng tàu chuyên môn. Nga từ chỗ không có hạm đội nào đi đến chỗ đưa tàu chiến ra biển Đen uy hiếp Đế quốc Ottoman và về sau làm mưa làm gió trên b ...more
This book succeeds not just because it deals with a fascinating person in a time where the landscape of the world was ever changing, but it succeeds because the author, Robert Massie, is a fantastic and engaging writer. Seriously, to ma ...more
My original edition was ...more
Can one book capture the complexity of the people, the country and their first truly great leader who dragged the country kicking and screaming into the heart of European geopolitics?
Yes. This is the book. One of the best works of narrative history ever. This is how history should come alive.
You would kill your son
Because he had no interest in Tsardom
Because you’d planted an autocrat seed
And it grew into a common man tree
And you couldn’t coerce it out of its nature
So you’d pull out the ax
Sap/blood flowing free
Robert K. Massie is not a fluent writer, and this 855 page tome of his was a bit of a haul. He does not have that easy flow you find in a McCulloch or Goodwin, or even of Henri Troyat, who did a great job on both Catherine the Great and T ...more
Male readers might appreciate the details outlined by Massie of the military campaigns led by Peter, while female readers like myself are more likely to appreciate the personal details and stories of this piece. While this may be a ge ...more
Often, monarchs are given titles (or, more accurately, give themselves titles) that are grandiose and exaggerated. Not in the case. Peter of Russia was truly "Great". He singlehandedly brought Russia out of its Dark Ages (although there was still much work to be done), introduced the new Russia to Europe, who heretofore had thought of Russians as slightly humanized bears, and introduced many, many "modern" inventions, strategies, statecraft, and ideas ...more
This book examines in considerable depth the arc of his life, from childhood and the dangers that he faced, to his play warrior simulations, to his journey abroad, to his desire to reshape Russia as a more modern nation. Well told is his zeal ...more
I thought Peter would make for a fascinating subject, and I wasn't wrong per se, but a lot of the crazy and cool anecdotes about his life lose some flavor when placed into their historical and personal context. I had imagined him as a seven foot-tall fur-caped lunatic, springing up onto the dinner table to rip the aching teeth out of his ...more
I debated with myself about how to rate this book, I thought it was very well written and deserving of 5 stars. On the other hand, it was too long – over 900 pages. Eventually I decided the fault was with me and not the book, I was unable to decide what I would have excluded from ...more
I don't even think he was Peter the Pretty Good.
I think he was Peter the Creep.
* Unwilling to share power, he had his older sister exiled to a convent. Blaming her for inciting a rebellion from inside the convent walls, he had two of the rebels hung outside of her window.
* He grew tired of his first wife and had her, also, sent to a convent.
* Even while he was negotiating a peace treaty with Sweden, he was cementing an alliance with other nations to wag ...more
I knew nothing about Russian history prior to reading the book but this would be a fascinating read regardless of your academic level. The writing is accesible but thorough and quite analytical. I learned so much ab ...more
I very much appreciated, and enjoyed, the brief histories given of the various countries/states/empires that came into play during the book. Massie meant it when he put "and World" ...more
Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929, Massie spent much of his youth in Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in Westchester County, New York in the village of Irvington. He studied American history at Yale University and modern European history at Oxford University on his Rhode ...more