Peter the Great and the Emergence of Russia
Macmillan Pub Co

Peter the Great and the Emergence of Russia

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Peter I ascended to the blood-stained throne of Muscovy in 1682, a child of ten; withing four decades, he was to forge out of his remote, faction-ridden kingdom a new world power the might and magnitude of which startled and then terrified civilized Europe.This study if the demonic and inexhaustible warrior-tsar treats Peter both as a man - boisterous libertine, ruthless autocrat, an Anti-Christ to conservative Orthodoxy - and as the enlightened despot who single-handedly reshaped the course of Russian and world history. It was Peter who introduced Western technology to Russia's primitive economy, who drastically reformed her centuries-old Oriental bureaucracy, who, through his new window to the West at St. Petersburg, established her as a giant power on the Baltic, and who, as the acknowledged precursor of Stalin, set the pattern for Russia's subordination of the individual to the good of the state.

PETER THE GREAT AND THE EMERGENCE OF RUSSIA tersely chronicles the life and times of Peter, setting them in perspective against contemporaneous developments in Western Europe and against the subsequent course of events which led to Russia's ultimate metamorphosis as the Soviet Union.


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