The Orthodox Nationalist: Ivan “the Terrible”

ivan-the-terribleMatt Johnson discusses Ivan IV the Terrible of
Russia (1530 ; 1584):

  • Ivan was a major reformer
  • Ivan was popular with the lower classes
  • Ivan broke the back of the oligarchy permanently
  • Terrible (Russian:
    means extraordinary and powerful, not
    evil as in the modern English usage)
  • Ivan was one of the longest reigning monarchs in European
    history (his reign lasted from 1533-1584)

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