The Life of Peter the Great

The Life of Peter the Great

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...to 50,000 men, in addition to the force under General Lewenhaupt, was meditating how he should bring the Czar to an engagement. He was also informed that the Porte had made propositions to Charles and to Stanislaus to join with them in an offensive alliance against Russia, with the view of forcing him to abstain from all interference in Polish affairs; and that, in consequence, Charles had openly declared his intention of making Russia the theater of war, --where he had no doubt of finding support from the people, dissatisfied with the expenses of the contest, and more so with the numerous innovations made in the manners and customs of their forefathers. The better part of the Czar's subjects knew, however, that, unlike Charles, he made no war for personal ambition. Economical and simple in his tastes and habits, never was there a prince less prodigal of the revenues of the state. It may be truly said of him, that after an arduous and troublesome reign--after numerous grand designs and operations--after the construction and equipment of a powerful fleet, and a numerous and well-appointed army, both of his own creation--he left to his successor the finances of the country in a flourishing condition, and his subjects unburdened by any public debt. The French envoy to the court of Saxony made an attempt about this time to bring about a reconciliation between the Czar and the King of Sweden; but Charles made answer that he would treat with the Czar in the city of Moscow. It was on this occasion that Peter said, "My brother Charles wishes to act the part of Alexander, but he shall not find in me a Darius.' In August, 1707, Charles began his march from Alt-Ranstadt with his army above mentioned. While his troops were passing the walls of...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236843460
  • 9781236843463