The Fault in Our Tsars

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The evolution of Russian absolutism brought a new era of social and cultural expectations that drastically altered the life and society of Russia until the twentieth century. The impact the evolution of absolutism had on Russian life cannot be understated nor can it be overlooked. Therefore, it is important for us to look at three key defining eras during which absolutism was strongest in Russia: the Mongols, Ivan IV, and Peter the Great. These three rulers helped to shape much of what would be defined as the Russian absolutism that would shape the future of the Russian Empire.
While it would be easy to begin our exploration of Russian absolutism with the reign of Ivan the Terrible, the true beginnings of absolutist rule in Russia came with the arrival of the Mongols. Known to the Russian people as Tatars, the Mongols ruled over Russia with an iron fist and exposed them to Eastern religion. As a result of this, Russia remained secluded from the advancing world of the west and it prohibited growth that the rest of Europe was experiencing. The Mongols were conquerors and destroyed everything that caused them grief or they did not understand. While the Mongols would allow for much of the cultural distinctions to remain in their conquered territories they would demand tribute or the population would have to face the consequences. Even though this is not quite the same concept many absolutist rulers employed for their land the Mongols, to some extent, were
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