Peter the Great
Emperor of Russia
Peter took the throne at the age of 10 in 1682, and learned most of his knowledge from everyday experiences. Later on, Peter became the most autocratic leader in all of Europe which means he was the most powerful monarch with unlimited power. Peter's main goals were to expand the Russian military and centralize royal power in Russia. Most importantly he used terror and fear to rule in a absolute monarchy.
Peter the Great's Accomplishments
Peter expanded Russia's borders by using his military. This occurred because he had the biggest and most powerful military in Europe during that time, he used this to conquer other regions and take the land.
Peter had Russia switch from using cold-water ports to warm-water ports. With the expansion of Russia's borders, Peter was able to open warm-water ports along the South coasts which he had been wanting to control for many years.
Ending Russia's Isolation
When Russia expanded its boundaries it had ended its long period of isolation from the rest of Europe. This was great for Russia because the following years after the death of Peter the Great, would have more affairs then ever with Western Europe.
The End of Peter the Great
Peter the Great passed away in 1725 leaving very questionable legacy behind. He indeed increased Russia's size and gave them warm-water ports, but most importantly he wasn't perfect. He had enforced policies that had decreased the power of nobles. This not only caused rebellions but did not help the country with anything. He did more for Russia after he died than he had done good when he was ruling.