Special Sub-Topic: Imperial Russia
|Who was the last Tsar of Russia?|
Nicholas II. Tsar Nicholas II (r. 1894-1917) was the last Tsar of Russia. He was forced to abdicate the throne in February 1917.
|Catherine the Great had a son. He was the only Russian Tsar with this name. He had a repuatation for having a high pitched laugh. What was his name?|
Paul & Pavel. Paul (r. 1796-1801) hated his mother, and for the short time that he ruled, he tried to undo all that Catherine had done for Russia. The most influential decision he made was to re-instate Prostration (The edict that declared that all future rulers of Russia where to be males.)
|Which Tsar rescued Russia from the Mongols?|
Ivan I. Ivan the First had a brilliant idea to break away from the Mongols. He charged the Muscovites with more tax money than the Mongols demanded. He sent the required money to the Mongols, and kept the remaining tax money. Over a period of time, he was able to hire an army, and had enough men to defeat the Mongols.
|Ivan the Terrible wasn't always terrible. What positive thing did he bring to Russia after his visit to Europe?|
The printing press. Ivan loved to read. His greatest past-time was reading. When he went to Europe (around 1556) he saw that they had the printing press. He brought that back to Russia, along with the new teachings of music to the schools.
|Boris Godunov was one of the few rulers of Russia who was of non-Russian origin. Of what origin was he?|
Tartar. Ivan the Terrible died in 1584. His weaker son, Fedor ruled for a short while. He died soon after. Godunov was left in control of Russia. Although the boyars originally disliked him because of his origin, they soon changed their opinions about him. Godunov had an excellent mind-set for diplomatic relations with foreign countries.
Among other non-Russian leaders were Catherine the Great (German), and Alexandra Romanov (Wife of Nicholas II, and she was also German.)
|According to most historians, who brought Russia out of the "Time of Troubles?"|
Michael Romanov. The Romanov family was the most respected, and the richest boyar family. Ivan the Terrible married Anastastia Romanova, daughter of the Romanov family. Michael (1613-1645) was a byproduct of their marriage.
|Which Tsar is said to have founded Russia's first navy?|
Peter the Great. When Peter the Great(1689-1725) founded St. Petersburg (formerly knows as Fort Nyonshantz) he gave Russia its first access to an international waterway. This gave Russia the chance to build a navy, and since Peter the Great was an expert in sailing, guess who commanded the navy?
|What two things were said to have been Alexander III sources of entertainment?|
Beer and a trombone. Alexander(1881-1894) was said to be about 6'5" and weighed about 350 lbs. He would drink beer, which is very uncommon for a Russian to do, and play his trombone. This would entertain him for hours.
|How was Ivan the Terrible's son, Ivan Ivanovich killed?|
He was hit on the head with an iron staff. Ivan the Terrible (r. 1533-1582) got extremely angry with his son after Ivonovich confronted him about Oprichnina (the task force created to terrorize boyars.) Ivan the Terrible picked up an iron rod weighing about 20-30 lbs, and hit Ivonovich over the head with it. After he hit his son, he grabbed his son in his arms, and began weeping. He held his son until the guards came to take the body ...
|In 1887 something tragic thing happened in Vladimir Lenin's life. His brother was charged with Tsaricide (an attempt to assasinate the Tsar.) What was the full name of Lenin's brother?|
Alexander Ulyanov & Alexander Ulianov & Alexander Ilich Ulyanov. Alexander Ulyanov was charged with an attempt to assasinate Alexander III. The Tsar was extremely fond of peasants, but he was a known Jew-hater. He ruled by martial law, and made counter reforms, which gave the government control over the subjects taught in college. Since Ulyanov was a college student, these reforms intruded on his school work.
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