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Peter I of Russia

Birthdate: 30. May 1672
Date of death: 28. January 1725
Other names: Petr I. Veliký

Peter the Great , Peter I or Peter Alexeyevich ruled the Tsardom of Russia and later the Russian Empire from 7 May [O.S. 27 April] 1682 until his death in 1725, jointly ruling before 1696 with his elder half-brother, Ivan V. Through a number of successful wars, he expanded the Tsardom into a much larger empire that became a major European power and also laid the groundwork for the Russian navy after capturing ports at Azov and the Baltic Sea. He led a cultural revolution that replaced some of the traditionalist and medieval social and political systems with ones that were modern, scientific, Westernised and based on the Enlightenment. Peter's reforms had a lasting impact on Russia, and many institutions of the Russian government trace their origins to his reign. He is also known for founding and developing the city of Saint Petersburg, which remained the capital of Russia until 1917. Wikipedia

Quotes Peter I of Russia

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

—  Peter I of Russia

Attributed in Sholto Percy and Reuben Percy, The Percy Anecdotes (1826), Vol. 1, p. 55 http://books.google.com/books?id=5oJUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA55

„A ruler that has but an army has one hand, but he who has a navy has both.“

—  Peter I of Russia

Attributed in Way a River Went: Following the Volga Through the Heart of Russia https://books.google.com/books?id=x9EWDAAAQBAJ&pg=PT163&lpg=PT163&dq=%22A+ruler+that+has+but+an+army+has+one+hand,+but+he+who+has+a+navy+has+both.%22&source=bl&ots=jS__N1LP8U&sig=GuCyl4v-BeAwUpmB1PDaIxAcSeY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjV_9KHxMjeAhXmY98KHTStBRgQ6AEwBHoECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22A%20ruler%20that%20has%20but%20an%20army%20has%20one%20hand%2C%20but%20he%20who%20has%20a%20navy%20has%20both.%22&f=false (2015), by Thom Wheeler, p. 163

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