Tagged with Peter the Great

Arms to Luxury Furniture

Arms to Luxury Furniture

One of the biggest problems governments had at the end of wars was what to do with the unemployed servicemen and the factories which had been churning out arms. Peter the Great of Russia learnt a lot when he lived and worked in England. I think he may be the only one to build an … Continue reading

Russia and History

Russia and History

Amidst all the sabre rattling coming from Russia, claiming it is following its own history, it is worth remembering a few rather important moments from the past. Russia was one of the most backward countries in the Northern Hemisphere when Peter the Great became ruler. They had lots of natural resources, but they had no … Continue reading

Peter the Great Collector

This is from ‘Finders Keepers, Eight Collectors by Rosamond Wolff Purcell & Stephen Jay Gould:, in which they cite Peter as one of the few who deserved to be called Great. With his “gargantuan carouses, his terrifying cruelties, his incessant wars, his obsessive need to learn and experience, his overwhelming drive to modernize and make … Continue reading

Taxing Times

Taxing Times

Income tax was introduced to Britain in 1798 by William Pitt to pay for the war against Napoleon, and was expected to raise £10 million but only managed £6m. In 1802 Pitt resigned over the Catholic Emancipation Act, there was a pause in the wars so the tax dropped. But with Henry Addington as Prime … Continue reading