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.
In many ways, Stalin transformed himself to replicate Lenin by adopting his ideas and goals, although the way in which he met these goals are highly controversial by historians. Stalin was quickly acknowledged as a murderous dictator while he used a tactic of systematic killing of political opponents and innocent civilians on a massive scale. The objectives that Stalin was able to accomplish during his political career were truly outstanding and beneficial, however; the way in which he met these goals was truly unethical. Joseph Stalin was an
How far did the introduction of Western Style reforms and the use of foreigners assist Peter the Great in strengthening his absolute rule? Peter the Great was influenced by the instability in Russia he had witnessed in Childhood, and was determined to expunge the subversive element of his population which could precipitate a resurgence of this anti-authoritarian violence. Further aims included the unification of Russia, extension of territory and its defence against the Poles, Tatars and Swedes. This required securing his absolutism, as internal security is a prerequisite of an effective foreign policy. Although foreigners and western-style changes did not cover the entire scope of his developments, they certainly appear to have been a fundamental
He was a brilliant ruler that greatly affected Russian society, but many of his cruel decisions left a negative impact on his history. He made sure of maintaining his absolute power by fiercely putting down rebellions and punishing anyone who spoke against him. His cruelty
Several modern rulers (from everyday fathers to leaders of the country) have begun as ‘brave soldiers’ and ended as crazy destroyers because of their poor choices and the consequences. Psychologists have shown us that, behind seemingly straightforward human motives (good or bad), there are often extremely complicated emotions and intentions. From Macbeth killing practically everyone in his life for his own gain, to the armed robberies and riots happening all over the world, we see greed, violence and people struggling with the concept of right and wrong in our everyday lives, no matter how far we think we’ve come from Macbeth. Lately we’ve been hit by a tidal wave of armed robberies. From general stores to petrol stations and even a train station in Perth has come under attack from guns and knives.
Isaac Deutscher is one historian who has the contrasting views of the right wing historian, Pipes. Deutscher praises Trotsky for his role before the 1917 Revolution, stating that to question Trotsky’s brain and strong military leadership is ludicrous. Due to the strong evidence of Trotsky’s outstanding influence towards the October Revolution. Pipes’ views Trotsky’s role in the October Revolution as being exaggerated by his admirers. These views are expressed in his two key works, A Concise History of the Russian Revolution (published in 1995) and Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime 1919-1924 (published in 1994).
He then further proceeded to give the nobility a hard time by creating a Table of Ranks. This table made ones social standing a matter of how much you give back to the central state as opposed to simply coming from a well-to-do family. Next Peter proceeded to suppress the unruly guard, known as the streltsy, in a much less diplomatic fashion. After their rebellion was brutally suppressed, over a thousand of them were made an example to the people through public executions and by leaving their bodies on display to those who might also think to rebel. Finally he confronted the extremely traditional Russian Orthodox Church by kicking out the patriarch and instating a secular procurator general to rule the church in accordance with secular requirements.
In the battle of Tannenburg the loss was very drastic; 30000 men wounded or killed, 95000 captured and 500 guns. This portrays the heavy defeat that Russia and this dropped moral in the army and at home in Russia. This shows the losing of the battle created a growth in opposition against the Tsar due to the public of Russia blaming the Tsar as he commanded the troops to go to war. Peasants felt annoyed and angry and Nicholas. This strengthened the opposition against the Tsar.
He made several different reforms to give more power to the central government and the Tsar, he promoted military, and he improved the Russian economy. He also won a war against the Swedish, in which he then established a city he named after himself and the city was very open to trade routes to other countries through the Baltic Sea. Peter “The Great” is truly an “enlightened” monarch of the early 18th
This was thought though to spite the Senate which he grew to hate. So with his growing erraticness and the squandering of his inherited wealth from Tiberius coupled along with oppressing the people and the reopening of his great uncles treason trials were all factors of his undoing and eventually his