Peter the Great

Czar of Russia

Accomplishments

  • Russia was transformed into the Russian Empire, and became one of the most powerful states in Europe with a modern, efficient military.
  • he formed Russia’s first standing army in 1699 and built the first real Russian navy
  • Founded St. Petersburg on May 27 1703
  • introduced land reforms, giving landowners considerably more control over peasants. These reforms supported the development of the Russian economy

Negative Things

  • He heavily taxed Russians
  • Cruel to many people
  • He was an alcoholic
  • He killed his own son

Family Life and Religious Affiliation

  • He had 11 kids
  • He married twice
  • religious, but had no respect for the privileges accorded to the church
  • Religion under Peter the Great the Orthodox Church was reformed
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