Russian Tsar Peter the Great: Russia’s Size During the 17th Century, Peter’s Ascension to the Russian Throne at Age 9, Peter Spending Time in England to Become Educated in Statecraft, Mass Execution Due to Peter’s Detestment for Non-Sympathizers, Peter Confining His Half-Sister Russian Regent Sophia Alekseyevna, Swift Changes Implemented By Peter and Forced Unto the Russian Public, the Beard Tax Implemented for Those Who Protested These Changes, and the Reason St. Petersburg, Russia Became the Russian Capital During the 16th Century

During the 17th century, Russia was 100x the area of England and Wales, but only 2x the population. Peter the Great was presented the throne at age 9, a circumstance which played a part in creating one of the most ruthless figures in Russian history as the throne was contested and a revolt ensued. A faction of the royal court regarded Peter the Great's half brother Ivan V as the rightful owner of the throne, despite his chronic illness of both body and mind. Peter the Great's uncles were murdere...

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