Peter I of Russia

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Portrait of Peter I by Godfrey Kneller, 1698. This portrait was Peter's gift to the King of England.

Pyotr Alexeevich Romanov (June 9, 1672February 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.


  • Alas! I have civilized my own subjects; I have conquered other nations; yet I have not been able to civilize or to conquer myself.

Quotes about Peter I of Russia[edit]

  • 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.

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