72% done with Peter the Great: His Life and World

I have to wonder what exactly Peter must have thought about the people around him. He was always making everyone do whatever he wanted that obviously most people would be upset and he had to have known that, yet many of the things he made them do were for the better that I winder if he ever cared what they thought? He mocked ceremony with dwarfs, made everyone live in his city yet only kept a small house himself.