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Peter the Great, often known as the Tsar Reformer, initiated a program of modernization and Westernization that affected the lives of all his subjects. He founded a new capital, St. Petersburg, which became a symbol of cultural change, and a navy, which signaled Russia’s emergence as a maritime power. He also reinforced the old institutions of serfdom and autocracy. This magisterial book—a history of Peter and the Russia he governed—examines the impact of a man who was both acclaimed as the architect of the New Russia and condemned as a crude despot who sacrificed cherished traditions for the sake of international success. Drawing on previously unavailable sources, Lindsey Hughes provides an engrossing account of one of the most significant periods in Russian history. She proceeds thematically, discussing Russia’s foreign policy, the army and navy, economy, governing institutions, society, arts, education, and religion. She explores the experience of women and investigates the life of the court (including Peter’s “All-Drunken Assembly”), feasts, entertainments, and popular culture. Although the book is not a biography, Peter is a vivid presence throughout—a six-foot-seven-inch giant who enjoyed the company of dwarfs and ordinary people, adopted disguises and pseudonyms, married a peasant, and had a passion for cultural reform. Hughes recounts the events that shaped Peter’s youth, provides an intimate character sketch, and explores his complex family relations (including the tragic conflict with his eldest son Alexis, whom he condemned to death). Her account closes with a reconsideration of the Petrine legacy from Peter’s time to our own, as his name and image become harnessed to sell beer and cigarettes and the erection of his statue provokes recent controversy.

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Renata Volta
This book left me speechless and in awe of the author's storytelling ability. The characters felt so real, and their journeys were heartfelt and inspiring. The vivid descriptions transported me to the story's setting, and the plot twists were brilliantly executed. A truly remarkable book that will have a lasting place in my heart.
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Phoebe Hines
Reading this book was a deeply moving and transformative experience. The author's evocative writing transported me to a place where I felt every emotion alongside the characters. The themes of resilience, courage, and self-discovery struck a chord in my heart. This book is a true gem that I'll treasure forever.
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Valda Anderson
This book has left an indelible mark on my soul. The author's ability to convey complex emotions and weave an intricate plot was masterful. The characters felt like old friends, and their personal growth throughout the story was beautifully portrayed. This is a book I'll revisit time and again, finding new layers of depth with each read.

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