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Peter the Great of Russia was one of the most important czars He did much traveling to see Europe He tried to make his country successful by westernizing Russia He also created his own city Without Peter the Great Russia would be behind the times Peters childhood was not an easy one he had many hardships Peter Alexeevich was born May 30 1672 His father was Tsar Alexis I and his mother was Natalya Naryshkina When Peter was 4 years old his father died When Peter was 10 years old he was crowned tsar His half brother Ivan was crowned joint tsar with Peter but since they were too young Peters half sister Sophia became their regent While she was regent she started a revolution of the streltsy During this revolution Peter witnessed some of his own family members executions Peters sole reign as tsar didnt come very easily After the revolution of the streltsy Peters mother ran off with him to a village outside of Moscow While Peter was there he had many playmates which he loved to play soldier with By the time he was 17 his playmates became as good as an army In the summer of 1689 when Peter was 17 years old he learned that Sophia was planning to have him killed He fled to the monastery of the Holy Trinity where his friends found him and convinced him to create a coup against Sophia With his small army he marched into Moscow Ivan denounced his claim to the throne and the streltsy surrendered In March of 1698 Peter was in the middle of a war with the Turks He realized that he needed allies so on March 9 he set out for the major capitals of Europe in disguise While traveling Europe Peter realized that many countries were more advanced than Russia He decided that he needed to bring western ideas to Russia in order to
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