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From 1682 to his death in 1725 Peter I or Peter the Great ruled over Russia as Tsar Peter was different from most Tsars in his beliefs and way of life He enjoyed the west and many of the things that came from there He liked all types of technology and liked to learn about everything around him from the human body to warfare He felt that Russian must modernize and westernize He also thought that it was necessary for them to adopt the culture and technology that Europe used Some of this technology was used in warfare which was one of Peters interests Yet historians still wonder did he deserve the title Great Peter was a very physically powerful person he was about seven feet tall Yet even if he was 4 feet tall he could still have demanded respect He was a very smart person and at the same time he was ill-mannered and impolite He hated everything about Moscow especially the Kremlin He hated the ornate and overly beautiful ceremonies and all illogical traditions of Moscow He was a true mans man He enjoyed eating smoking drinking making love and having a good time Peters army first known as the Streltsi was a group of considerably good fighters Yet they were not good enough The Streltsi had revolted three times and after the third time in 1698 Peter had the leaders put to death and the rest banished to Astrakhan He had to build up a new army and make it better than before He brought in foreign officers to train the army in modern tactics Peter asked for all free men to join the army He also asked that towns and landowners send men for the army After the men were trained he replaced the foreign officers with the sons of landowners in Russia All of these men were drafted for life The most important and biggest battle for
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