Peter I of Russia
Pyotr Alexeevich Romanov (1672-06-09 – 1725-02-08), also known as Peter the Great, was a Russian monarch. He carried out a policy of Westernization and expansion that transformed the Tsardom of Russia into the Russian Empire, a major European power.
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- Alas! I have civilized my own subjects; I have conquered other nations; yet I have not been able to civilize or to conquer myself.