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Peter The Greats Cruelty and Its Effect on His Power Peter the Greats reign over Russia paved the way for Russias future as a world power His many reforms and westernization of the country influenced millions and left a lasting legacy The complexity of Peter is astonishing his intellectual curiosity combined with his hasty temper and cruelty caused a tumultuous but successful reign as Tsar His brilliance as a ruler profoundly effected Russian society but his cruel decisions left an indelible mark on his legacy He established his absolute power by fiercely putting down rebellions and even in personal relations with his wife and children His cruelty and anger shown in his decisions gave him the power that allowed him to push Russia forward and allowed him to become the influential leader that he is known as today Peters influence on Russian society was remarkable He inherited the position of Tsar in 1682 at the age of 10 but did not come to rule until 1689 when he overturned his sister Sophias regency and took control over the country with his half-brother Ivan He took absolute control over the country six years later when Ivan died Duffy and Ricci 190 His countless reforms and westernization of Russia left it a much stronger power in European society upon his Death in 1725 His expansion of the military helped Russia strengthen their position in Europe and led to Russias acquisition of several key pieces of land He used reforms to create a stronger more capable military than Russia had ever possessed Peter used his army frequently during his reign only one of the 36 years was peaceful Peters cruelty influenced many of his decisions concerning the Russian Military He was quick to suppress any revolts and his punishments were almost always harsh to show that he was not to be betrayed His sentences for those who betrayed him in the Streltsy Rebellion were brutal Peter condemned
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