Peter I of Russia
Pyotr Alexeevich Romanov (June 9, 1672 – February 8, 1725), 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.
- A ruler that has but an army has one hand, but he who has a navy has both.
- Attributed in Way a River Went: Following the Volga Through the Heart of Russia (2015), by Thom Wheeler, p. 163
Quotes about Peter I of Russia
- The history of the Romanovs is an Elizabethan tragedy that lasts for three centuries. Its keynote is cruelty, a barbaric, pointless kind of cruelty that has always been common in the East, but that came to Europe only recently, in the time of Hitler.
- Colin Wilson in Rasputin and the Fall of the Romanovs, p. 61-62 (1964)
- Here is the model which I intend to follow for the whole of my reign.
- Nicholas I of Russia, quoted in Hugh Seton-Watson, The Russian Empire, 1801–1917 (1967), p. 200
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