Peter The Great Machiavellian

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Adam Kahele 15 February 2013 Professor Lau Kong Hist 231 Machiavellian Paper Peter the Great Peter the Great's reign over Russia paved the way for Russia's future as a world power. His many reforms and westernization of the country influenced millions and left a lasting legacy. The complexity of Peter is astonishing, his intellectual curiosity, combined with his hasty temper and cruelty caused a tumultuous but successful reign as Tsar. His military intelligence allowed him to conquer and gain dominions for his country. His cruel decisions left an indelible mark on his legacy, but his brilliance as a ruler profoundly effected Russian society. He established his absolute power by fiercely putting down rebellions and even in personal…show more content…
If too kind he will be taken advantage of and if too cruel he will be hated by his subjects. However he will have better security of his kingdom by being feared rather than loved. Therefore, a prince must be cruel to teach a lesson, gain loyalty, and strike fear of his subjects, which is what Peter the Great did during his reign of Russia. Peter's cruelty influenced many of his decisions concerning the Russian Military. He was quick to suppress any revolts and his punishments were almost always harsh to show that he was not to be betrayed. His sentences for those who betrayed him in the Streltsy Rebellion were brutal. Peter sentenced thousands for execution and used torture as a way of inflicting pain on those who had dishonored him, not only as a means to acquire a confession. His cruel ways were also shown when he brought his own sister Sophia under questioning and confined her permanently to a convent, held under watch of a hundred guards and allowed no visitors.[4] Peter's frequent travels left Russia unmanned, often for months at a time. His absence often spawned revolts and rebellions among the people.[5] When Peter returned he showed no mercy in putting down the rebellions and asserting his absolute power over the country. This is when Peter's true cruelty was shown, his brutality in sentencing those who rebelled brought out a different man, a man who loved to see people suffer, a man we would see more often as his reign progressed. People who expressed negative thoughts about Peter's decisions were often executed before they had a chance to gain followers and rebel against the Tsar. The Streltsy, bushy musketeers and pike men, Russia's first professional soldiers, were often found at the receiving end of harsh sentences[6]. Peter the Great was bad in that he was very cruel to the people of Russia. He heavily taxed everyone, so the 
serfs had to pay taxes for themselves and their owners. In
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