Peter the Great

Jacob ABBOTT (1803 - 1879)

There are very few persons who have not heard of the fame of Peter the Great, the founder, as he is generally regarded by mankind, of Russian civilization. The celebrity, however, of the great Muscovite sovereign among young persons is due in a great measure to the circumstance of his having repaired personally to Holland, in the course of his efforts to introduce the industrial arts among his people, in order to study himself the art and mystery of shipbuilding, and of his having worked with his own hands in a ship-yard there. The little shop where Peter pursued these practical studies still stands in Saardam, a ship-building town not far from Amsterdam. The building is of wood, and is now much decayed; but, to preserve it from farther injury, it has been incased in a somewhat larger building of brick, and it is visited annually by great numbers of curious travelers.

The whole history of Peter, as might be expected from the indications of character developed by this incident, forms a narrative that is full of interest and instruction for all. (from the Preface of Peter the Great)

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Russ Lemker
00:01:55
Play 01 The Princess Sophia Carmina Sansone
00:22:35
Play 02 The Princess's Downfall Russ Lemker
00:33:09
Play 03 The Childhood and Youth of Peter Lizzie Driver
00:12:26
Play 04 Le Fort and Menzikoff Carmina Sansone
00:29:23
Play 05 Commencement of the Reign Carmina Sansone
00:21:37
Play 06 The Emperor's Tour Esther
00:32:27
Play 07 Conclusion of the Tour hefyd
00:21:31
Play 08 The Rebellion Russ Lemker
00:20:36
Play 09 Reforms Russ Lemker
00:28:10
Play 10 The Battle of Narva Russ Lemker
00:12:16
Play 11 The building of St. Petersburg Russ Lemker
00:24:03
Play 12 The Revolt of Mazeppa Carmina Sansone
00:11:58
Play 13 The Battle of Pultowa Russ Lemker
00:27:19
Play 14 The Empress Cathrine Carmina Sansone
00:20:50
Play 15 The Prince Alexis Anna Simon
00:28:24
Play 16 The Flight of Alexis Esther
00:15:47
Play 17 The Trial Carmina Sansone
00:14:54
Play 18 The Condemnation and Death of Alexis Carmina Sansone
00:26:09
Play 19 Conclusion Russ Lemker
00:17:07