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Peter the Great or Peter I czar of Russia reigned from 1672-1725 In many ways he bettered the country of Russia but in other ways he hurt Russia The ways in which bettered the country outweighs the bad effects put upon Russians during his reign Most of the ways that he improved the country stemmed from him forcing Western European culture on his people One of the ways in which he bettered Russia was that he expanded their land Land expansion meant that Russia became bigger that the rest of Europe and Russia now had sea and fresh water ports important for trade He also improved education the military and transportation Some of the negative aspects of Peters rule was that the Russians taxes increased and their standard of life had decrease At all cost and with his perseverance Peter had made Russia a European power Peters greatest accomplishment was that he educated many of the would be illiterate Russians Russians were at the highest point of education that they had ever been He standardized a simpler Russian alphabet and introduced Arabic numerals He started Russian academies for higher education For the Boyards he made the college aged people to go out of the country for five years to study at a school in a Western European school For the first time in Russian history there were the publishing of newspapers He also changed the calendar to agree with the current calendar the Gregorian Peter next best accomplishment was that he expanded the state and therefor encouraged trade Until the middle part of his reign Russia was land locked which meant that they had to hope that the other countries would let them through their country and water to go other countries seeking trade The only way they could trade was with neighboring countries and that was still not good Through wars with other countries such as Sweden they acquired lands that would give them
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