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Peter the Great

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Definition czar of Russia who introduced ideas from western Europe to reform the government; he extended his territories in the Baltic and founded St. Petersburg (1682-1725)
  • Back in the seventeen hundreds, Prince Menshikov threw a party for Peter the Great—the tsar who built this city.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Similar plays, chiefly from the Old Testament, were occasionally performed in Moscow too, up to the times of Peter the Great.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • But she knew that was only because, like Peter the Great in a shipwright's yard, he was studying what he wanted to know.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Czar Alexander, they all tried it.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Byron was as little of a philosopher as Peter the Great: both were instances of that rare and useful, but unedifying variation, an energetic genius born without the prejudices or superstitions of his contemporaries.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The target figure for this year for all planetary emigration gates taken together — Emigrants' Gap, Peter the Great, and Witwatersrand Gates — is only seventy million emigrants or an average of eight thousand per hour.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Then, I read more about the Northern War (1700-21) involving Peter the Great, Charles XII, Augustus the Strong, Stanislaus Leczinsky, Mazeppa, von Gorz, Brandenburg, Western Pomerania, Eastern Pomerania and Denmark, plus the usual dates.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • To historians who believe that Russia was shaped by the will of one man—Peter the Great—and that France from a republic became an empire and French armies went to Russia at the will of one man—Napoleon—to say that Russia remained a power because Napoleon had a bad cold on the twenty-fourth of August may seem logical and convincing.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He came after the Great Fire, said to be caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow, in flight from the conscription of the Hapsburg tyrant, and in his life as a builder proved that great places do not have to be founded on the bones of slaves, like the pyramids of Pharaohs or the capital of Peter the Great on the banks of the Neva, where thousands were trampled in the Russian marshes.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • My grandfather entertained Peter the Great with a dwarf wedding.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • It is a pair of twins: Nikolai Ge's Peter the Great Interrogating Alexei and Ilya Repin's Ivan the Terrible and His Son.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Since the time of Peter the Great, we have acted the poor cousin of the West—admiring their ideas as much as we admired their clothes.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • And what Peter the Great did when he traveled through Europe incognito!
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Ah, when one looks at our young people, Prince, one would like to take Peter the Great's old cudgel out of the museum and belabor them in the Russian way till all the nonsense jumps out of them."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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