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Rise of a Tyrant
Ivan the Terrible started his reign as a bitter and angry young man at the age of 17. Rival Boyar families assassinated his regent, Yelena, fighting for power. This initial assassination made him start off his reign hating the general population. One of Ivan’s biggest accomplishments was giving himself the title of “Tsar” or “Czar”, not Emperor or King. Before giving himself the title Czar he was Ivan IV
Ivan went to many wars, coming out mostly with victories.
The Kremlin

Examples of wars he won are, The Livonian War of 1554-1583, and the war against the Golden Horde.( "Ivan IV.").
Probably his most important accomplishment was the creation of the “Kremlin”.
This was where the Czar lived, where the government officials met, and where official meetings were held.
Ivan also formed new trading connections in the White Sea and the port of Arkhangelsk.
He was pro-serfdom but anti-slavery and he destroyed the largest slave trade on the Volga river.
Drawing of Ivan the Terrible

He made the first laws that restricted peasant mobility throughout Russia and eventually created “serfdom”.
When he went on a killing spree, attacking other groups of people, he created an uproar amongst his citizens.
They threatened to rebel and he fled Russia and left his country to anarchy.
They were left in anarchy, realized that they needed a ruler to survive and begged him to come back.
When Ivan the Terrible returned he was angrier than ever with his disobedient peasants. (“The Reign of Ivan The Terrible.”)
He remained to reign for many more years until he died and ended his reign at 50 years.

  • Ivan IV impacted not only Russians, but Dutch, English, Italians, and Germans. Adventurers, diplomats, prisoners, etc who visited Russia were influenced by their Western ways of life.
  • Ivan allows British traders special protection under the Russian Empire. Russian people were not happy.
  • Tatars who raided Russia sought to conquer it, the people of Russia lived in fears while they roamed.
  • St. Basil's Cathedral is created by an architect commissioned by Ivan. He later had him blinded because he was so impressed with the structure he did not want a better one created.
  • Ivan's anger towards his enemies portray him cruel through history. Criminals were often executed or tortured slowly to death in public. (Arthur M. Schlesinger)
  • Ivan created a cabinet of skilled advisers called the "Chosen Council" The members included himself, his father, and many others.
  • He called in the "Zemsky Sobor", only called in one other time in 1550 by his father. He called upon many delegates together in the Kremlin and discuss how to solve many domestic problems.
  • The Zemsky Sobor resulted in many petitions being sent to Ivan so he demanded that Adastev, a member of the Chosen Council, to create the Prikaz, which recieves all of the petitions and helps the peasants solve their problems.
  • He also authorized elections of judicial bodies who soley delt with the fates of these criminals, Somtimes death and othertimes just a sentence to prison.
  • He created the "Staglav", Council of A Hundred Chapters" whose sole purpose was to reform the Orthodox Church. (Arthur M. Schlesinger)
  • Russia trades with Britain under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I. This allows for further improvement for Russia.
  • The Tatar invasions of Russia create blows to the economy. Russia suffers lack of food and clothing. Later this is changed by Ivan when he takes power.
  • Power of local populations grow when Ivan collects their taxes. When a fixed sum is paid, it could elect its own local officials to collect the money rather than being collected by an appointed governor.
  • Trade routes to Asia allow for a diverse trade with Russia to Asian countries. Spices, cotton, etc. allow for more influence and change.
  • Better economy under Ivan's rule allowed for Russia to change from an anarchy and war driven state, into a bustling powerful country. (Arthur M. Schlesinger)

Portraits of Ivan IV

Ivan the Terrible
The Death of Ivan's son, Dimitri
Bust of Ivan

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Sources: "Ivan the Terrible" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)

QUIZ!!!!!!!!! (OH NOES!)
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Works Cited

Jstor. “Ivan The Terrible.” http://www.worldhistory.abc-clio.com/‌ . Jstor. 12 Feb. 2009 <http://www.worldhistory.abc-clio.com/‌ >.

"Ivan the Terrible" Introductory Essay on Leadership, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. 1987