No institution went untouched by Peter the Great. In the early 1700s he took the Russian Empire — considered by Europeans to be a backward Asiatic monster stuck in the Middle Ages — and forced it into the modern era. He accomplished despite being the unwanted 14th child of his father, exiled as a boy.
Things became no easier when he ascended the throne. Everyone opposed his reforms, included his boyars, state ministers, religious clergy, and peasants. How did he stand against his own people and win? Find out in this episode.
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