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Absolute Rulers of Russia
Ivan The Terrible/ Peter The Great
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Source: World History, Patterns of Interaction
Chapter 21, Section 4
Presenters Notes, Higher Order Questions, Concepts
Absolute Rulers of Russia
Ivan The Terrible & Peter The Great
The Great Debate
Should Russia model itself after the West or stay with traditional Russian Culture?
Ivan III of Russia
-Ruled from 1462-1505
-Conquered territory around Moscow
-Liberated Russia from the Mongols
-Centralized Russia’s Government
-Ruled Russia from 1505-1533
-Added territory to the Russian State
-Increased the power of the central government
The First Czar
Ivan IV “The Terrible”
-Took the throne in 1533 at 3 years old.
-Boyars (Landed Nobles) fought for control of Ivan.
-At 16, he seized power and crowned himself Czar or Caesar, (Leader)
-Married Anastasia, a Boyar family: Romanov
1533: Reign Begins
1547 “Good Period” (Married To Anastasia)
1560 “Bad Period” (Anastasia’s Death)
1581: Son’s Death
1584: Ivan’s Death
Ivan was truly happy and a different person with his Anastasia, things would go downhill fast after her death.
Ivan’s Good Period
-Expanded The Empire
-Created a Code of Laws
Rule By Terror
Concept: Self Interest
The act or policy of making decisions based on what is best for the individual, group or nation.
Ivan’s “Bad Period”
-Starts with the death of his wife Anastasia
-Accused Boyars of poisoning her
-Created “secret police” to hunt down and kill traitors
Oprichniki: Secret Police to eliminate the Czars opponents. They rode black horses and wore black uniforms.
Re-Distribution of Land
-The Oprichniki would murder the Boyars Ivan felt were a threat to him along with all the people that worked for them (Whole Families)
Higher Order Question: How did Ivan keep the new Boyars loyal to him?
Answer: Ivan owned the land now and these Boyars were dependent on him to use it.
Rise of The Romanovs
Death of The Heir
-A violent fight breaks out between father and son
-Ivan dies from head wounds
-Feodor, a mentally and physically weak ruler, would take the throne, but was found incapable of ruling.
-Feodor dies without an heir
The Time of Troubles
-Boyars struggle for power
-Czars die mysteriously
-Imposters take the throne
-Finally, a new Czar is elected from the major cities: Michael Romanov
-Romanov Dynasty ruled Russia for 300 years (1613-1917)
1. Boris Godunov was the regent for Feodor, his reign was not as successful.
2. Frost in summer time ruined crops and starved the people
3. False Dimitris: a series of people claiming to be Feodors younger brother-claim the throne
Peter The Great Comes To Power
-Restored order to Russia
-Strengthened the government
-Put Down a Revolt
-Paved the way for absolute rule by Peter
Peter The Great
Named because he was one of Russia’s Greatest Reformers
Peter and his brother Ivan were co-rulers, but were influenced and manipulated by their older sister Sophia. Eventually Sophia was forced into a Convent and Ivan died making Peter the sole ruler.
Higher Order Question: As you look at this painting of Peter, what was the artist trying to convey about him?
Answer:1. Looking To The Future Not The Past, Map: Expansion of Russia, 3. Canon and Sword: Strength
Russia Contrasts With Europe
Serfdom In Russia
-Austria-Hungary Abolishes Serfdom in 1767
-France Abolishes Serfdom in 1789
-Russia Abolishes Serfdom in 1861
-Serfs provide cheap labor for Agriculture
-Serfs Treated like property
-Serfs could be given as presents/debt payment
Answer: To have little or no contact with other peoples ideas, culture….
-Middle Ages: Russia looks to Constantinople- Not to Rome
-Renaissance & Age of Exploration:
-Mongols Cut Russia Off
-Only seaport: Archangel is choked with ice
-Religion: Eastern Orthodox Church
-Western Europe: Catholics and Protestants
Russians viewed the Protestants as heretics and was another reason to avoid the West.
Peter Visits The West
The Grand Embassy
-Peter’s Route through Europe
-Peter was fascinated by many things:
-Ship building, Machinery, Dentistry, Anatomy, Industry, Navigation…
Peter Rules Absolutely
-Peter believes by Westernizing Russia it will increase Russia’s power
-“For you know yourself that, though a thing be good and necessary, our people will not do it unless forced to.” Peter The Great
Answer: To make or become Different
The Church Under State Control
-Peter abolishes the office of Church Patriarch
-(Head of the church)
-Set up “Holy Synod” Led by himself
Higher Order Question: Why do you think it was important to bring the church under his control?
Answer: The Church might get in the way of his reforms
Reducing the Power of the Great Land Owners
-Peter recruited lower ranking families
-Gave them land in return for loyalty
-Appointed them to high positions
-Increasing Peter’s power and decreasing the Nobles
Building a European Army
-Peter expands the army to 200,000 men
-Hires European Officers to train his troops
-Buys Modern European Weapons
-Levies crushing taxes to pay for it all.
-Peter believed education was the key to reforming his country.
Previously, foreign study was punishable by death- now it was strongly encouraged and in some cases forced!
Peter’s Other Reforms
-Potatoes became a staple of the Russian Diet
-Started Russia’s first newspaper
-Raised Women’s Status
-Women were allowed to attend social gatherings
-Ordered Nobles to wear Western Clothing
-Nobles ordered to wear European dress not Traditional
-Schools of Navigation, Art and Science
Higher Order Question: Why did Peter think education was key?
Answer: Education is the building block of innovation, especially when interaction was difficult because of Geography.
Establishing St. Petersburg
“A Window To The West”
-Peter defeats Sweden after 21 years to secure a port to the West
The Importance of St Petersburg
-Made it easier to travel to the West
-Built on a swamp, 25 to 100 thousand people died building it.
-Became a bus sea port
-Peter died in 1725
Peter The Great Westernized and Modernized Russia
Peter died from trying to save sailors in the bay. Hands on to the end!
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