An excellent introduction to the formidable life and career of Peter the Great and his impact on Russia. M.S. Anderson assesses his aims and achievements at home and abroad, and examines the pressures and restrictions that shaped his attitudes and limited his actions.

chapter Chapter 1|20 pages

Russia before Peter: Modernization and Resistance

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

The Young Tsar

chapter Chapter 4|37 pages

Emergence into Europe: The Great Northern War

chapter Chapter 5|73 pages

A New State and Society?

chapter Chapter 6|21 pages

Opposition and its Repression: The Tsarevich Alexis

chapter Chapter 7|14 pages

Peter the Man: Character and Personality