Peter the Great
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Peter I, tsar of Russia from 1682 to 1725, began his reign inauspiciously as joint tsar with his half-brother Ivan under the regency of his half-sister Sophia; by his death in 1725 he had changed Russia politically and culturally, bringing the country out of medievalism and establishing it as a world power. Massie's portrait of this complex personality balances Peter's ruthless crushing of all opposition against his loyal and passionate concern for family, friends and his new Russia. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.