19% done with Peter the Great: His Life and World

So little did the Russians feel was the importance of interacting with foreigners that they made their own ambassadors pay their own way when on a diplomatic mission – furs being the one trade good they could pay with. They were arrogant even in another’s court to the point of having all their furniture and food taken away.

The building of the Navy is remarkable – 5 months! In the winter!! 300 miles from sea!!!