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Product Details

  • Series: Profiles In Power
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (August 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582437466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582437463
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,354,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Under Peter the Great, Russia evolved into an 18th century political and military power and a key player on the European stage.


* Examines Peter the Great's complex personality and assesses his aims and achievements in Russia and abroad.
* Details the cultural and intellectual advancements of Peter's reign.
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Peter the Great (1672--1755), was one of the formative figures in the history of early modern Europe: under his leadership Russia emerged from semi-Asiatic isolation to become a great political and military power in her own right, and, for the first time, a principal actor on the European stage. In this well-known book, based on Russian sources throughout, M.S. Anderson examines Peter's career and its impact on Russia and the wider world, and assesses his complex personality as both Westernising visionary reformer and brutal autocrat. This second edition of Peter the Great,in the Profiles in Power series, is not a biography, though inevitably it contains much biographical material, it instead analyzes the major features, achievements and failures of Peter's career.

M.S. Anderson Emeritus, University of London

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M.S. Anderson Emeritus, University of London


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Format: Hardcover
Peter the Great-Profiles in Power is an informative and scholarly account of Peter the Great's life and times. While it may not be for the traditional popular audience (it's not pretty, has no pictures, and can be rather turgid and meandering at points), it provides a relatively concise account of a fascinating topic.

If you are interested at all in Russia and Peter the Great, there are of course many good books from which to start your reading. M.S. Anderson's is perhaps more involved than similar books, but it compensates for its density by being chock full of well-researched and well-presented information.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Having had to read this book for a class, I found it quite detailed. It took a while to get started since many of the opening sentences did not flow together. It is a hard book to read but if you are interested in Russian History it is an important book to read. After the first chapter I had trouble poutting it down.
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