Sunday, November 9, 2008

"Which monarch was more important –Peter the Great or Frederick Wilhelm?"

Peter the Great changed the country of Russia drastically, for better or for worse. His determination to westernize Russia entered into many aspects of life for the Russian people. He even banned some Russian customs, such as simply having a beard, and repeatedly attempted to make Russia more European. The creation of St. Petersburg is a very significant event in that it moved Russia's lean from Asia to Europe. Peter created a new Russian army, and took control of the Russian Orthodox Church. Although both very important monarchs, Peter the Great made a much larger impact on his country and Europe as a whole.

5 comments:

Cote Laramie said...
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Cote Laramie said...

I agree Sam. With a revolution as drastic as this, there are going to be drastic changes for the good and drastic changes for bad. This stems (as the French Revolution did) from Peter's hatred for Old Russia, which caused him to get rid of the bad Old Russia as well as the good Old Russia. Such as the loss of class freedoms and religious freedoms.

Hanjae Lee said...

I agree with you Sam.
Peter brought drastic change to Russia, and it affected the Russians greatly both positively and negatively. His creating a new, modern army, and controlling religion had paved the way to more modern and influential Russia.

Sarah Hayes said...

I agree too. You added all of the cultural things that I should have put in mine.

Becca DC said...

I agree too. It's interesting how most of the "old believers" never accepted those European changes.