The Influence Of Ivan The Terrible

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Ivan IV, also known as “Ivan the Terrible,” lived from 1530 to 1584 and was the first Tsar of Russia. He officially reigned from the age of three; however, he did not have any real power until he crowned himself “Tsar” of Russia in 1547. He went on to conquer vast amounts of neighboring territories, eventually controlling the largest empire in the world at the time. In addition to increasing the Russian Tsardom’s size, he also completely restructured the political system. He took away all power from the noble boyar elite, and became an absolute monarch. This was good because the boyars at the time had been corrupt, and more interested in their personal interests than the interests of the state (Ivan the Terrible). Ivan was, however, a complicated man who was full of contradictions. He was a very intelligent and effective ruler; however, he was almost certainly insane. In addition to all of the positive changes that were made under his rule, he also tortured and killed thousands of people, many of who were innocent citizens (Ivan the Terrible). The conflict that I have found is that on one hand he was a very good asset to the wellbeing of the state, but on the other hand he often acted irrationally and as a danger to the general population. Interestingly, in addition to his negative…show more content…
Had Ivan not been paranoid and power hungry, the Russian State would not have been nearly as powerful and developed as it had become under Ivan’s rule. I believe that Ivan had some sort of mental illness and he directed his violent rage toward the boyars because of how they treated him during his childhood after the passing of his parents. Despite the fact that they should have been loyal to the then crowned Prince, they ignored his wishes, mistreated him, left him without enough food, and did not provide him with an education (Carswell
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