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Peter the Great

ISBN: 9781545055311
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2017-03-31
Number of pages: 174
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By sheer force of will, Peter the Great single-handedly imposed modernization on a highly resistant Russia. He overcame foes from within his country, including his sister Sophia, whom the anti-modernist forces favored for the throne. He overcame Charles XII of Sweden, his great rival for control of the Baltic, in spite of overwhelming defeats. He considered his son Alexis unworthy of the throne and had him killed rather than trust his kingdom to a libertine. Peter the Great, the founder, as he is generally regarded, of Russian civilization. The celebrity, however, of the great Muscovite sovereign is due in a great measure to the circumstance of his having repaired personally to Holland, in the course of his efforts to introduce the industrial arts among his people, in order to study himself the art and mystery of shipbuilding, and of his having worked with his own hands in a shipyard there. The little shop where Peter pursued these practical studies still stands in Saardam, a ship-building town not far from Amsterdam.

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