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Peter the Great : a biography

Author: Lindsey Hughes
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This, the shorter biography of Peter the Great (1672-1725), tells his story from birth to death in twelve chapters, including two final chapters on the Tsar's legacy and posthumous reputation up to the present, with the aim of providing a vivid sense of the dynamics of his life and reign: The focus is firmly on the dramatic, appealing and unconventional figure of Peter himself: his actions, deliberations,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Peter, Emperor of Russia; Peter, Emperor of Russia; Pierre, empereur de Russie; Peter, Emperor of Russia; Zar I ) Peter (Russland
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lindsey Hughes
ISBN: 0300094264 9780300094268 030010300X 9780300103007
OCLC Number: 48468909
Description: xv, 285, [16] pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Growing up 1672-89 --
2. Prelude to greatness 1689-97 --
3. The grand embassy 1697-99 --
4. War with Sweden 1700-8 --
5. From Poltava to Pruth 1709-11 --
6. Peter in Europe 1712-17 --
7. Father and sons 1718-20 --
8. The year of Nystad 1721 --
9. Ranks and regulations 1722-23 --
10. A coronation and a funeral 1724-25 --
11. Legacy --
12. Commemorating Peter : 1725-2002.
Responsibility: Lindsey Hughes.

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"This, the shorter biography of Peter the Great (1672-1725), tells his story from birth to death in twelve chapters, including two final chapters on the Tsar's legacy and posthumous reputation up to the present, with the aim of providing a vivid sense of the dynamics of his life and reign: The focus is firmly on the dramatic, appealing and unconventional figure of Peter himself: his actions, deliberations, decisions, relationships, tastes and possessions. It includes the more bizarre aspects of his character, such as his interest in dwarfs, the use of disguises, clowning and vandalism. The main sources are Peter's letters and papers, both published and unpublished, as well as other contemporary accounts and documents." "The narrative comprises both the public and private life, the life Peter lived as well as his significant fantasy world. Hughes offers fascinating new material on the 'alternative' or 'parallel' history of Peter's many disguises and pseudonyms, his deference to a number of mock superiors, and his relationships with individuals such as his second wife Catherine and his favourite Alexander Menshikov." "In each chapter Hughes explores Peter's image in painting and sculpture, bringing the story to the present day with a discussion of controversial monuments in Moscow and St. Petersburg."--Jacket.

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