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  • In 1696 peter became the sole ruler of russia. He was russia's greatest reformer.
  • Peter was obsessed with modern tools and machines, especially ships. He belived russia's future depended on having a warm water port. So they can compete with the more modern Europeans.
  • Peter traveled west to learn about european culture and bring it to russia.
  • Peter wanted to change russia but he knew the people would not want to leave there accustomed ways. So peter increased his power as a absolute ruler. He reduced the power of the wealthy landowners and gave lower ranking families land. And modernized his army.
  • Peter wanted his people to learn about new cultures and get a better education he thought education was key to russia's future.
  • For education to thrive he wanted a seaport he fought Sweden for a whole 21 years to gain a piece of the Baltic coast. Sweden surrendered in 1703. He built st. Petersburg which became a very busy and successful port.
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