Peter the great was born from Natalya Kirillovna Naryshkina and Tsar Alexis on the night of June 6, 1672, in Moscow, Russia.
When Tsar Alexis's successor to the throne, Fyoder III, died, a great power struggle between the Miloslavskys and the Naryshkins ensued. The result of the conflict ended in both Ivan V and Peter taking the Tsardom of Russia
Peter helped modernize Russia by increasing Russian exports by building more factories, absorbed the Church into the state, established the first Russian newspaper, and passed many other policies.
Peter's main drawback came with the treatment of his people. While constructing St. Petersburg, nearly 50,000 people died due to unfit work conditions.
One major event during Peter's reign was the Great Northern war, a war between Russia, Poland, and Denmark, all against Sweden. During the war Peter founded St. Petersburg in a marsh in conquered Swedish territory. The city ended up becoming very prosperous at an expense of nearly 50,000 lives.
Peter fell seriously ill in 1724 and a year later died from complications from said illness. Peter left an empire that stretched from the White sea to the Caspian and from the Baltic sea to the Pacific Ocean, and left a country that was reformed, modern, and powerful.