From One Leader to Another in Russia History

761 WordsJan 28, 20183 Pages
During the late seventeenth century Russia underwent drastic transformations in order to westernize their medieval states. The idea of westernization caused chaos within the Imperial Empire; people in power were mentally unstable and would travel outside of palace gates in order to get what they wanted, a determined and curious young boy came into power changing everything, and a young lady not of Russian blood became queen and finalized everything. Ivan the Terrible was a mentally unstable ruler who abused his power by using fear to hold Russia together; he had gained power through fear. Even though Ivan trusted no one and killed his own son he did contribute to building a new and improved Russia; he also further centralized royal power. He threatened the boyars by limiting their privileges and granted land to nobles in exchange for their service in the military. Ivan conquered 50 square miles a day expanding Russia making it two times as large as England, Spain, and one other country combined together. As Russia was expanding Ivan was introducing new laws that tied Russian serfs to the land. He also organized a type of government enforcement called oprichniki. The oprichniki were agents of terror who would enforce the czar’s will. Having these agents would be considered one of Ivan’s weaknesses because the idea of agents of terror who would enforce his law shows how much Ivan didn’t trust whoever was around him. Ivan the Terrible was extremely paranoid; he was highly
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