Ivan The Great: The Rise Of The Russian Empire

The rise of the Russian Empire is traced way back in the 1490s during the reign of “Ivan the greatest”. His leadership unified the Russian people and made them be powerful force in battlefields. Defeating the Mongol army in 1480 was a vital step towards expansion of this great empire . Basing on historical facts, Russia became a superpower nation even before the 19th century due to the kind of leaders they had. Ivan 1V is a legendary name in the minds of all Russians who treasure the success of their nation. He was a great visionary and a leader with good motives . Due to his leadership, he mobilized the formation of laws that were used to bring order to the empire and set goals that propelled the empire to success.
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In this discussion, we are focusing on how Russia became the superpower that it is now. The reign of the tsars was officially started by the Ivan’s starting with the Ivan IV and Ivan iii who was also referred as the Ivan the great. Ivan the great was the person who played a critical role in ensuring that the state of Russia was centralized. The centralization of Russia took place after the state was able to defeat the Mongol army in 1480. When it came to the process of extending the land of Russia it is was an easy task since the king of Poland (Casimir IV) had died in the year 1492 and the son of Casimir was willing to corporate with the Russians, and he was able to wed with Ivan’s daughter Helena and the wedding took place immediately after accessing the Lithuania throne. It was his attempt to avoid the conflicts that could arise with the neighbors who were powerful. However, Ivan III was determined to appropriate Lithuania as much as possible. In the process, he was able to oblige Alexander to wage war in the year 1499 against his father in law. It was said that it was a complete disaster for the Lithuania and in the year 1503, it was the time that Alexander had to purchase the peace through the process of ceding to Ivan III Novgorod-Seversky together with other seventeen cities. During this time, …show more content…
He was able to create the churches and the tax reforms in the Russian state. The main reason Ivan was expanding the state was to enable hi resist the Mongols attack and also to increase the borders of Russia so that he can be able to create an empire that is more centralized. As Ivan was trying to increase the borders of Russia, he was able to defeat the Kazan army. When Ivan was able to defeat the Kazan, he decides to commission the construction of a Catholic church called St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. Ivan was also able to expand the Russian Empire to Siberia. Siberia was reached in the natural resources like mountains and trees, and it was providing a vast natural resource that was not found in Russia

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