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Peter the Great: His Life and World 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.


10 thoughts on “Peter the Great: His Life and World

  1. says:

    This lengthy biography of Russian Tsar Peter the Great is thoroughly entertaining with all the strengths and weaknesses of a blockbuster No prior knowledge of the period required.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 the title does sum up the argument Nor is there a rich study of his inner circle The oddities of his reign don t get a full mention either as for example visible in the collection in the Kunstkammer in St.Petersburg, although the giant penis that Peter collected from one of his so...


  2. says:

    If you read just one book on Peter the Great, this should be it If you read two books on Peter the Great, let me know how the other one turns out just kidding, there are probably other good books on Peter the Great, but none likely as well written as this one 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 make 850 dense pages of Russian history read like a novel, you have to be doing something right, and Massie clearly is so don t be intimidated by the size or weight of the book as it is well worth the read.Massie doesn t just do a terrific job of following the life of Peter the Great, but he paints a detailed picture of late 17th century and early 18th century Russia, he delves in to the intrigue of Europe and the Ottoman Empire with substantial portraits of other leaders such as Charles the XII of Sweden and note to readers, apparently Sweden kicked a lot of ass back then, who knew , The Sun King Louis the XIV, Augustus of Poland, Frederick William of Prussia, and numerous others In fact the bulk of the book focuses on the 20 year Baltic War between Russia and Sweden which lasted for most of Peter the Great s reign and established Russia as a new power in Europe where the role of Charles the XII is as integral to th...


  3. says:

    Robert K Massie won my heart with his book about Catherine the Great, so I definitely had to read the one about Peter as well I cannot believe that I postponed it for so long This will be one of the best books I ve read this year Massie writes in a clear and concise manner, spicing up the story with ample details which nonetheless never burden the line of narration The book is perfectly suited both for serious history students as well as those of us who simply enjoy reading history Indeed this huge tome was so well written, compelling, suspenseful and dramatic at certain points, that it reads like a real page turner What I mostly enjoyed in the book was the fact that not only was Peter s portrayal as true and extensive as possible, but also that the author took great care to represent the bigger picture, including extended depictions of many other major and minor players of the era, both in Europe and in Russia We really do get to learn all about Peter s world, from the life of the average Russian peasant...


  4. says:

    If you complain about today, you should read about then You were considered a bitch if you ate with a fork, just for starters Men might prefer to live back then cause they inherited a whip from their father in law to whip their spouses when they got out of line The only person I know today that practices this form of discipline is Snoop Dogg You gots to control your ho Peter was great for many reasons The russians in this day were like the geico cavemen of their time Peter was the first ruler to travel amongst Europe and bring some culture back to Russia Peter was highly intelligent and you could compare him to the great Thomas Jefferson Integrating with many countries as Jefferson did with the indians to use as an advantage with networking and pursuing bigger business Nemesis, Charles XII King of Swedes was howe...


  5. says:

    Robert Massie s Peter the Great His life and World has been a wonderful book to listen to, for me The book is well researched and offers what is likely an accurate picture of an important figure in the History of Western Civilization Before I get to deep into my romantic vision of what Massie has done here, let me say that this is first and foremost a text of history It is almost 38 hour narrated as an audiobook and covers Peter s life in three segments, his rise to power, wars mostly with Sweden and Charles the 11th and his radical and sweeping reforms of Russian government and monarchy If you are not someone who enjoys history, and understands that history often involves a dizzying number of characters, names, nations and dates then you ll be fine here, this is better than most at getting the story out and keeping the minutia managed It s still a non fiction tome of history I will talk about Massie s wonderful ability to tell Peter s story without fictionalizing soon The only warning with this is this You do not have to be a student of history, an associate professor, or even a avid historical hobbyist to read this It is understandable, complete and detailed enough for anyone to understand Massie s Peter the Great and the world around him It is not a great novel of fictionalized history, or a historical novel so praise of Massie s ability to tell Peter s story should not be confused T...


  6. says:

    Can one man raise a country from mud to glory Yes, if its Peter, Tsar of Russia.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 Thi...


  7. says:

    It s been many years since I read this book, so I can t be terribly detailed, but I will tell you that this book is what led to my fascination with the Russian Tsars It s beautifully detailed, providing not only the story of Peter the Great himself, but also all the other rulers with whom he interacted The descriptions are beyond parallel When I was reading it, I would think to myself, I can actually smell the city A truly amazing ...


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  9. says:

    An excellent and highly enjoyable biography.


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