Essay On Ivan The Terrible

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Ivan the Terrible Ivan IV Vasilyevich, also known as Ivan the Terrible, was a very powerful leader in Russia. Ivan was born in 1530 and died in 1584. He crowned himself the first tsar of Russia. Many believe that although Ivan was a ruthless leader who had a method behind his madness and that he was a tsar who caused great reform in Russia. However, it is hard to imagine how Ivan’s paranoia and constant killing caused Russia to reform for the better. Ivan’s paranoia, violent nature, and the development of the oprichnina caused him to destroy much of Russia, including the boyars, Russian agriculture and economy, and many innocent civilians. It seems as though everything Ivan achieved was for his own benefit and not the country of Russia as a whole. Ivan’s childhood was very complicated . Both of his parents died when he was very young. Ivan’s mother was thought to have been…show more content…
When Ivan was ill and about to die he wanted to make the boyars swear an oath of loyalty to his son, Tsarevich Dmitrii. The boyars organized a great revolt to refuse to pledge their loyalty to Ivan’s infant son. Once Ivan heard of this he gave them a “harsh speech”, and that’s what stopped the revolt. It just shows how frightening Ivan was. Ivan was on his death bed and he could still scare a group of people into doing what he wanted them to do. In the book Ivan the Terrible: Profiles in Power by Andrei Pavlov and Maureen Perrie they believe although Ivan was a cruel man he was a brilliant leader. He used violence to get what he wanted and to help reform Russia. They do not see Ivan as a mentally ill tyrant but instead a wise leader. The book acknowledges Ivan’s terror and cruelty over the people of Russia, but they do not see his destruction as illogical and random. Instead the authors believe Ivan created this hell on each for the people as part of his religious view to punish the people as though he was
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