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Peter the Great

Jacob Abbott

Book Overview: 

Peter I the Great ruled Russia and later the Russian Empire from 7 May 1682 until his death, jointly ruling before 1696 with his half-brother, Ivan V. He carried out a policy of modernization and expansion that transformed the Tsardom of Russia into a 3-billion-acre Russian Empire, a major European power.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Accordingly, the Czar, taking another interpreter with him, went to the embassador and began to ask him about Le Fort.

"He speaks very good Russian," said Peter.

"Yes, please your majesty," said the embassador, "he has a genius for learning any thing that he pleases. When he came to me four months ago he knew very little of German, but now he speaks it very well. I have two German interpreters in my train, and he speaks the language as well as either of them. He did not know a word of Russian when he came to my country, but your majesty can judge yourself how well he speaks it now."

In the mean time, while Peter and the embassador were talking thus about Le Fort, he himself had withdrawn to another part of the room. The Czar was very much pleased with the modesty of the young gentleman's behavior; and, after finishing the conversation with the embassador, without, however, having asked him to release Le Fort from his service, he . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A very short book about Peter the Great - the Tsar who drug Russia (kicking and screaming) into more modern times. This is a children's book, so it is not very detailed, but the artwork is beautiful and there is enough information to whet the appetite about a historical figure whose name I knew, but

I was not terribly familiar with the story of the great Russian Tsar Peter prior to reading this collection and was impressed with his amazing conquests, notwithstanding his reign of terror. He was very clearly a force to be reckoned within both inside his kingdom and beyond. The closing chapters ch

AmblesideOnline year 9 biography option. My rating is probably really like a 3.5. It was short, informative, and…fine. It was simple writing but also stuff that I really hadn’t ever learned about. I’ll be including it for freshman this year.

This book was a lot of fun, but more dismemberment then I expected

Most of the reading I've done on Peter the Great has been topically arranged, so it's nice to read something presented chronologically for a change, and get the feeling of his life as a story. And it's a very engrossing story! Almost a fairy tale.

Still, only four stars because I'd heard most of it

I had my daughter read this for school. Terrific book!

Wow. A major pothole in my education was filled by this book. To muddy the metaphors, that pothole stood before an expansive vista which invites me to plunge into Russian studies. (Or maybe watch a documentary!)

So. Peter the Great. 1672-1725. Let it be said: He got things done.

What things, you ask?

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