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Peter the Great was born on 1672 and died in 1725 As a Russian leader he is famous for transforming Russia into a leading European power He had a power symbol to display his great supremacy To further modernize Russia he built a whole new capital of St Petersburg The new city was magnificent and had enormous cost in human lives and treasure and was named after himself In 1712 he made it the chief city of his empire which was a fitting title for the newest of European great powers monastery He also symbolically brought back from Vladimir the remains of Alexander Nevski and put him in a fine new religious community in which he dedicated to his memory He also controlled religion He got rid of the highest church office and built his own system to control the church He extended the toleration to religious protestors and took land away from these monasteries He even ordered the men to shave when the church favoured beards Peter the Great created a larger powerful army and a navy He even went as far as drafting nobilitys and peasant infantrymen for life Any metal he could find including church bells was melted down to make cannons He also imported new and more skilled foreign officers and modernized the weapon and the military training Peter saw himself as God-like The fact that he was a Czar made him almost God-like and he used this authority to forcibly modernize the nation He also saw him self as the prime servant of the nation In the later years he also accepted the title emperor and the great which put him above the rest He controlled nobility He demanded state service from all his nobility and drafted them for life He forced thousands and thousands of Russians to build St Petersburg without pay Also with the threat of execution he forced thousands
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