May 15- May 19

May 15 (Monday)- My group presented

May 16 (Tuesday)- My group finished presenting and continued other presentations note finished here.

May 17 (Wednesday)- Continued presentations notes below 

May 18 (Thursday)- Study day  

May 19 (Friday)- Semester test 



  • 1500's
  • Ivan the Terrible 
  • Childhood was terrible 
  • Crowned are 16 
  • Sends list of 3000 people he executed to the monastery of monks 
  • Left his throne because he said that the nobles that made up his council were corrupt 

Livonian War

  • Invades region Levonia Baltic coast 
  • 25 years 
  • Victory to Russia but causes lots of aggravation 
  • Poland and Sweedland vs Russia 

Peter the Great 1600's 

  • Russia's lack of a port on any sea 
  • Selects the fortified town of Azov as a suitable target 
  • Tatars are Muslim vassals of the Turks Striking a blow for Christendom 
  • Large Russian army to south 

Peter the Great 1700's 

  • Great project is taking shape at the moth of the river Neva (Comes into Peter's possession in 1703) 
  • Shortly after gaining area he builds the Peter and Paul fortress on the bank of the river 
  • Town grows rapidly 
  • Main street was built by Swedish prisoners captured in the Northern War
  • Intervenes in the Northern War seizing southern coas of Finland 
  • Cuts Russia off from the Baltic (Because the land belonged to Sweden) 
  • Charles XII defeats the Russians at Narva and regains the coastline 
  • PEter is able to recapture the mouth of the Neva 

Catherine the Great 1700 

  • Seized the throne in 1762 
  • Catherine is both brilliant and passionate 
  • Her many lovers provide rich material for scandal 
  • Reforming role of an enlightened despot 
  • Take steps to provide education for girls 
  • Evident that nobles will resist any change. Needing their support, Catherine abandons her plans 


  • Alexander I came to the throne b/c his father was murdered
  • Alexander also has inclination toward romanticism and religious mysticism 

Czar Nicholas 

  • Took charge fo the Russian army in and lead a charge in World War I 
  • Commander in chief of the army he would have to shoulder the blame for any defeats himself 
  • Head of autocratic state he was required to make governmental decision
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