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Absolute Monarchs

Main Idea: Peter the Great made many changes in Russia to try to make it more like Western Europe.


IV.       Russia

A.   Ivan III: conquered around Moscow; liberated Russia from Mongols; centralized gov't

B.   Ivan IV—Ivan the Terrible

1.    1st czar

2.    strengthened state

3.    reduced power of boyars and nobles

4.    good period: great victories, added lands, code of law, ruled justly

5.    bad period: created ruthless police state, persecuted all who opposed him

C.   Romanov Rule: Peter the Great

1.    westernize Russia

2.    religion under state control

3.    limited nobles power

4.    modernized the army