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Peter the Great by Robert K. Massie
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Oct 03, 10

bookshelves: history, russia

It's completely amazing. Even if you're not specifically interested in this history, there's no way you can't love this book. The anecdotes will blow your mind. Understanding contemporary Russia is contingent on knowing this history, since Peter turned Russia from an ass backwards wild mess into a civilized world power. Truly amazing, considering what he had to work with. The book really gives you a great concept of his personality (totally crazy, manic, genius) in the greater context of war and expansionism and social politics of the time. The only sections that I felt dragged a bit were those laboriously detailing the Russian war machinations mainly against Sweden. I tried reading them through but ended up skipping; I just found the parts more heavily relating to Peter himself much more interesting. But overall, it's fantastic.
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