82% done with Peter the Great: His Life and World

While not unique to Russia, state paranoia during Peter’s reign seems to have laid deep roots that exist to this very day.

Peter was, in the strictest sense protecting his realm and all his hard work but he had to be cruel to do so. Alexei was never going to win and he endangered so many others I wonder if it had somehow been Peter’s plan all along: through his son eliminate everyone who was a threat?

Very sad