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Peter the Great was a tough act to follow. He died in 1725, leaving Russia with one foot in the modern world and one foot in obscurity.  In the next 37 years, five women would make history. Brains and brass, gluttony and glory. . . these passionate women responded to the challenges - some for better, some for worse.

Peter the Great was a tough act to follow. He died in 1725, leaving Russia with one foot in the modern world and one foot in obscurity. In the next 37 years, five women would make history. Brains and brass, gluttony and glory. . . these passionate women responded to the challenges - some for better, some for worse.

The first Russian ruler to take the title czar, is known as one of the worst tyrants in history. This biography depicts Ivan's callous upbringing; the poisoning of his second wife and the murder of his son; his obsession with religion and sin; his massacre of 30,000 citizens of Novgorod; yet his remarkable intelligence as a ruler, supporting the growth of trade and expanding Russia's borders.

Based heavily on original Russian sources, this biography of Tsar Ivan IV The Terrible Vasilyevich Rurik Aug Mar examines the plots, massacres & poisonings that earned Ivan IV his famous epithet.

Peter the Great, crowned at the age of 10. A barbarous, volatile feudal tsar with a taste for torture; a progressive and enlightened reformer of government and science; a statesman of vision and colossal significance: Peter the Great embodied the greatest strengths and weaknesses of Russia while being at the very forefront of her development.

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In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only Eugene Onegin–but a new literary language. Having forged a dazzling, controversial career that cost him the enmity of one tsar and won him the patronage of another, he died at the age of thirty-eight, following a duel with a French officer who was paying unscrupulous attention to his wife.

In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetryincluding the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of

The compelling quest to solve a great mystery of the twentieth century: the ultimate fate of Russia's last tsar and his family.

The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

For almost a century, historians could only speculate about the role Grigory Rasputin played in the downfall of tsarist Russia. But in 1995 a lost file from the State Archives turned up, that contained the complete interrogations of Rasputin’s inner circle.

Book - "The Rasputin File" by Edvard Radzinsky. Biography of the mystical monk whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known.

This is the story of Catherine the woman, whom power alone could never satisfy, for she also wanted love, affection, friendship and humor. The real Catherine, however, was more interesting than any rumor.

A portrait of the late eighteenth-century Russian ruler discusses how she seized and kept the throne in spite of her illegitimate claim and a series of wars, rebellions, and plagues, tracing how she rendered Russia a major European power.