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Peter the Great and the Emergence of Russia (Men and Their Times)

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Peter I gave shape to the needs and aspirations growing within Muscovite Society in the late 17th century. Always watchful of the Western world, he supplied the impetus which reduced the feudal power of the boyars and forced Russia into the European family of nations.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 1st 1962 by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1962)
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Paul Peterson
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very brief but informative; a very good intro to Russian history, I think.
Riley
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
A pretty boring biography. I hadn't realized what a war monger Peter the Great was though:

"Peter was at war constantly for twenty-eight years, from 1695 to 1723, first against Turkey, then against Sweden, finally against Persia. The devouring maw of the army and navy swallowed up over three-quarters of the revenue already in 1701, four-fifths by 1710, and even at the end of his reign more than two-thirds."
John E
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short intro to the despotic life and hyperactivity of Peter in leading Russia from the woods of Muscovy to the edge of becoming European. Written in a scholarly and almost boring style that became a challenge to complete.
James Trexler
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Carl Newfield
A good overview of the formative events which shaped Peter's personality, his efforts at westernisation and modernisation, and his legacy. In depth only at times, but a good primer for future studies.
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Katon
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
oh well, just another boring history book
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