Everything you need to understand or teach Peter the Great by Robert K. Massie.
Robert K. Massie's PETER THE GREAT: HIS LIFE AND WORLD examines how a larger-than-life force of nature turns medieval Muscovy into modern Russia by force of arms, importation of talent, and harsh discipline.
Born in 1672, with little chance of attaining the throne of Muscovy, Peter finds himself at age ten reluctantly accepting popular acclamation as Tsar and soon reigning jointly with his chronically ill half-brother, Ivan V. Peter spends little time in the Kremlin, tainted for him by watching his relatives slain by the Streltsy in 1682, preferring to learn military science and European lifestyles. Shipbuilding and seamanship become his passion. Peter marries to sire an heir but is soon estranged from Eudoxia. Peter continues to play while the Regent Sophia rules and Ivan handles necessary pomp.
Yearning for the sea, Peter begins visiting Archangel and contemplates invading the Black Sea. He builds warships at Voronezh, twice attacks the...
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