Peter The Great

Emperor of Russia

Peter the Great (Background)

Peter the Great was 10 years old when he took the throne. He only took control of the government in 1689. He was very educated as he spent much time in the "German quarter." In 1697, Peter sent out to learn about western ways. He took off on a policy of westernization.


He tried to strengthen the military,expand Russian borders, and centralize royal power. He also brought Russian institutions under his control. Peter tried to push through social and economic reforms. He imported much Western technology and improved education.

Peter the Great died in 1725. He left a diverse legacy. He expanded Russian territory, gained ports in Baltic sea, and created a big army. He also ended Russia's long period of isolation.