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Peter I, Emperor of Russia (1672-1725) to Count Boris Petrovich Sheremetyev [in Russian]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01256 Author/Creator: Peter I, Emperor of Russia (1672-1725) Place Written: St. Petersburg, Russia Type: Letter signed Date: 28 October 1715 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 20.7 x 32.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Numbered "No. 108" on recto and "N. 88" on verso. The Czar recommends replacing Lieutenant General Anfediel with Lieutenant General Shlipenbah (possibly Wolmar Anton von Schileppenbach). Discusses political and military strategies against Sweden.

Background Information: In 1700, Peter instigated the Great Northern War (1700-1721) with Sweden to regain access to the Baltic Sea. Wolmar Anton von Schlippenbach was Governor General of Swedish Estonia from 1704 to 1706.

People: Peter I, Emperor of Russia, 1672-1725
Sheremetyev, Boris Petrovich, 1652-1719
Schlippenbach, Wolmar Anton von, 1658-1739

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: Military HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyPolitics

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