Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Chapter 17 Part II: Absolutism in Russia

Terms to Outline

  • Mongol Yoke -- effect on future leadership in Russia
  • Ivan I ("Moneybags")
  • Ivan III
  • service nobility
  • Ivan IV ("the Terrible")
  • "Time of Troubles"
  • Romanov dynasty
  • Peter the Great
  • westernization
  • St. Petersburg

Questions to Consider

  • How might the Mongol Yoke have influenced future leaders (like Ivan III) in ruling Russia?  What allowed Ivan to stop acknowledging the authority of the khan?
  • In what ways does Ivan IV ("the Terrible") make the continued push towards absolutism in Russia?
    • Consider the role of the service nobility and the cossacks.
  • How is Russian society transformed at the beginning of the Romanov dynasty?
  • How did Peter the Great's military rule affect the strength of Russia and Peter's prestige?
  • What is westernization and why might it have elevated Russia's status?
  • Why was the relocation of Russia's capital to St. Petersburg significant?

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