Objective: To identify and describe the reigns of significant Russian Czars


Church was thus transformed into a pillar of the absolutist regime



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Church was thus transformed into a pillar of the absolutist regime

  • Material position of landed nobility was strengthened under Peter

  • Almost 100,000 acres of land and 175,000 serfs were allotted to it in the first half of the reign alone

    1. Catherine the Great

    1. Ruled from 1762 until 1796considered an Enlightened Despot because incorporated some ideas of Enlightenment but kept her absolute power

    2. Saw very quickly that emancipation of serfs would never be tolerated by owners and who would throw the country into disorder

    3. Imposed serfdom on the Ukrainians who had until then been free

    4. At the end of her reign, there was scarcely a free peasant left in Russia

    5. Continued aggressive westward territorial expansion, gaining ground in Poland and, most significantly, territory on the Black Sea




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