Well aware of the perception that foreigners held of him, Peter the Great would never apologize for his nationality or his country. A product of his upbringing, Peter did have some qualities that many foreigners criticized as barbaric and harsh. Essentially, Peter I was simply a Russian. He was a product of his circumstances. A young boy who had grown up in a Russia in turmoil, Peter had been forced to fight for his right to rule his country. Once there, he would do what he thought was best in order to secure his country’s future. Although foreigners may have viewed him as cruel at times, Peter was simply unapologetically Russian.
Pagrabs, Emily Frances, "Peter the Great and His Changing Identity" (2016). Student Scholarship. 17.