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Robert K. Massie's has exhaustively researched his subject and gives great detail into the life of one of Russia's most well known monarchs. Peter was born in 1672 into the backward and far-flung Muscovy Empire. Peter changed the face of Russia, adopting many aspects of the French court in Moscow and later his newly built capital, "the Venice of the North" St. Petersburg.
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His modernizing of the Russian military stemmed from his own knowledge of shipbuilding learned in Holland and love of military learning. He waged wars against Sweden, the vast Ottoman Empire (Turkey, Hungary, etc.), and survived political intrigues within his nation. Peter turned the collection of nation states he inherited into a powerhouse country to be reckoned with in both Europe and Asia up to the time of his death in 1725.
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The story of Peter the Great, who expanded Russia's territory, modernized its army and navy, and brought his country into the modern 18th century.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Russian Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   Led as soldier Politician story?    -   Politician trying to reform War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Eastern European    -   Russian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia    -   Eastern Europe Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   18th century    -   17th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   in awe    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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