Peter Alexeyevich Romanov's Major Accomplishments

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Peter Alexeyevich Romanov was a Russian Emperor who ruled the Russian Tsardom from 1682 to his death in 1725. During his rule, he lead successful wars that expanded Russia, ultimately forming Russia into a major European power. He also sought to modernize Russia, replacing the traditional medieval style social and political systems with ideas based on science and modernism through cultural revolution. This change in idealism was inspired by Westernization and Enlightenment, and his efforts have made a lasting legacy which can be seen in some of Russia’s governmental institutions today. Peter was born on June 9th, 1672 to the Tsar Alexis and his second wife, Natalya Naryshkina. His education was handled by tutors commissioned by his father. His mother, who was raised by Artamon Sergeyevich Matveyev with openness to Westernization, may have contributed to his later idealism under his reign as he was one of Peter’s greatest childhood benefactors.When his father died, the reign of Russia was given to his elder brother, Feodore III. Feodore III …show more content…

When Ivan V died in 1696, Peter was now the Sovereign of the entire Russian empire. He recognized that Russia was severely underdeveloped by the Renaissance-blessed Western Europe, and he aimed to revolutionize and modernize Russia under the guide of his West European advisors. Peter undertook mass reformation to help establish Russia as a great nation, rejecting the outdated medieval aristocracy in use at the time of his reign. Among these reforms, Peter formed a well armed navy and arranged his armies according to western military standards. He also secularized the Russian education system, and wrestled control over the Orthodox church. These reforms were very costly, however. To help support these reforms while also funding it, Peter put taxes on seemingly trivial things that alluded to Russia’s old idealism, including a tax on beards and having a

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