Did you know, Peter the Great and Ivan the Terrible both became the leaders of Russia at under the of 16? While Peter the Great and Ivan the Terrible strengthened the central government and took power from the nobles, Ivan the Terrible gained loyalty through death threats, whereas Peter the Great gave land to the poor to make them loyal.
Peter the Great was born in Moscow, Russia in 1672. Peter took over as ruler in 1682, after Ivan V’s death. When he became ruler at the age of ten, the country was severely underdeveloped compared to other European countries. Russia remained isolated from modernization by rejecting the European renaissance. Peter focused on reestablishing and modernizing Russia as a great nation. He introduced new administrative and territorial divisions of the country, administered greater control over the reactionary Orthodox Church, secularized schools, reorganized his army according to Western standards, and created a very strong army. Peter established the city of St. Petersburg on the Neva River and moved the capital there from its former location in Moscow. Peter the Great influenced Russia in three ways, education, architecture, and culture. First of all, he influenced Russia educationally by having many educational buildings built in St. Petersburg. This positively influenced because many people learned to get an education after Peter had established