Peter The Great: Czar of Russia

Pushing Russia Into Power

Journey to the West

  • In 1697, Peter set out to study western technology. He learned many skills from western culture.
  • When he returned to Russia he brought along of experts, teachers, and soldiers he recruited in the west.
  • He imposed Westernization on the Russian people and became the most autocratic of Europe's absolute monarchs.

Days as a Czar

  • Peter worked to build Russia's military power. He created the largest standing army in Europe and went off to extend Russia's border. In 1700, Peter had a long war against Sweden.
  • Early on Russia suffered humiliating defeats from the small but strong Swedish army.
  • Undaunted by this Peter rebuilt his army and defeated the Swedes and won land in 1709.