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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Peter the Great by tucsonmike on 2 September 2006 2:58am
After its been out for twenty years, I finally bought the Robert Massie biography of him in paperback and read it. Interesting insight into not just the man, but what went on around him.

The "awake from your slumber" post made me think of something. The population has to "buy" into something to a certain degree. I used to think the Russians were kept from traveling abroad. True in Soviet times, but it turns out, when Peter made his trips, most of his people were appauled. Russians saw anything outside the country as bad and against the Orthodox faith. In other words, the people did not like what their ruler was doing.
Re: Peter the Great by Ginnyp on 2 September 2006 5:45pm
I too thought that Russians were prevented from travelling abroad, but now they approach it enthusiastically.
We had a lovely evening in Croatia when guests were invited to "Do their own thing" Offerings from German,Italian,Czech and many Russian couples. Vienna Waltz, Polka, Poetry,Cossack dancing and "What a Wonderful World" sung in true style. Sadly no British contributions,including me of course! Actually it brought a lump to my throat.
Re: Peter the Great by peripatetically on 3 September 2006 8:19am
Yes, I rememebr how people in the Soviet block were tracked everywhere they went. And they usually really weren't allowed to go far to begin with.
Re: Peter the Great by sighthound on 3 September 2006 9:27am
I went to a lot of international animation festivals in the 70's and 80's where there were always Russians. The only Russians allowed to attend were Party members but even they would loosen up after few drinks when the dance music got good and they'd have fun with the rest of us. But then, the next day, I would always be approached by some "professor" from some remote American college who would start asking leading questions about why I was dancing with Russians (or anyone else from the Eastern Bloc.) I'd tell them that, hell, they were the best dancers and then, when I got home, check up on these "professors'" credentials with their supposed colleges who always, it turned out, had never heard of them. I guess the CIA didn't send their brightest operatives to animation festivals.
Re: Peter the Great by tucsonmike on 4 September 2006 1:40am
LOL! That is how a CIA agent knew he was on the outs. He was sent to the animation festival as a kewpie prize. Sounds like Inspector Clouseau or Max Smart.

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