HOW PETER BECAME “THE GREAT”
Tsar Peter, who previously had ruled with his half-brother, proclaimed Russia an empire and claimed the titles of “Emperor of All Russia”, “Father of the Fatherland” and added “the Great ” to his name 300 years ago today – October 22, 1721.
Peter, a formidable figure at 6 1/2 feet tall, was the driving force in moving Russia into modern times by deciding to embrace westernization and setting up the city of St. Petersburg as the capital and a “Window to Europe.”
Feudalism fell during Peter’s reign, as the old agrarian system lost ground to scientific and commercial achievement, more wide-spread educational opportunities, and reorganization of the territories within the Russian boundaries.
Unfortunately, Peter died without a clear-cut heir to the throne, leaving a political skirmish to follow his impressive reign.
Homann’s map of Russia shown here does not quite accurately reflect the geography of Siberia. The map was produced just five years before Peter became Great.
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