This magisterial book is a history of Peter the Great and the Russia he governed. It not only investigates Peter's life and legacy but also explains the impact of the Tsar Reformer on Petrine Russia's foreign policy, economy, governing institutions, society, culture and educational system. 'The most comprehensive study of Petrine Russia available in English.' Richard Pipes, The New Republic 'Thanks to Hughes's beautifully written book, for the first time the English-speaking reader is provided with a sufficiently full and just account of the events and institutions of Peter's reign ...Her work will without doubt long remain the standard text.' Nikolai Tolstoy, Literary Review 'A balanced and absorbing account of Peter and his times.' Robin Buss, Independent on Sunday 'A superbly comprehensive survey of the Petrine era ...Hughes writes in a crisp, factual, scholarly manner ...She has a fine eye for significant detail, as well as grand themes.' George Walden, The Daily Telegraph 'Hughes has produced such a comprehensive, scholarly and fluently written study of this horrific, complex man and his fascinating times that no one will need to revisit the subject for decades to come.'
Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday