PETER THE GREAT

By: Natalie Battista

IN THE BEGINNING

  • Not well educated
  • Very curious
  • Visited factories and art galleries to learn about Western ways
  • Studied Anatomy and Dentistry from doctors
  • Impressed by Parliament

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Took throne at 10 years old
  • Strengthened military
  • Expanded Russian borders
  • Centralized royal power
  • Strengthened serfdom

POLICIES

  • Brought all Russian institutions under his control, including the Russian Orthodox Church
  • Forced the haughty boyars (landowning nobles) to serve the state in civilian or military positions.
  • Passed laws ensuring that nobles retained control over their lands, including the serfs on those lands

INTERESTING FACTS

  • One of the tallest leaders of his time - 6'7
  • Very abusive to his son Alexis and had him killed
  • Called himself Peter the Great