Timeline: Czarist Russia
Ivan the Terrible becomes the first czar of Russia

by David Johnson

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1533
Ivan IV (the Terrible) the first czar; expands autocracy, begins annexation of Siberia
1589
Russian Orthodox Church becomes independent of other orthodox churches
1605-1613
Time of Troubles, Poland invades Russia
1613
Michael Romanov becomes czar, founds dynasty that rules until 1917
1689-1725
Peter I (the Great) Russia's first emperor; creates modern European power; promotes Western culture, builds new capital, St. Petersburg
1762-1796
Catherine II (the Great) turns Russia into one of strongest powers in Continental Europe
1812
Napoleon invades Russia; ferocious winter and Russian resistance nearly annihilate French
1861
Alexander II emancipates serfs, launches reforms
1904
Russia loses Russo-Japanese War; Revolution of 1905 forces Nicholas II to accept a parliament, constitution
1914-1917
Russia enters World War I, suffers devastating defeats from Germany and Austria, morale collapses; revolution erupts

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    Academic, university:
    Boston University Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy
    Harvard University, Davis Center

    Academic, K-12:
    TeacherVision.com, Russia

    Government:
    Embassy of the Russian Federation to U.S.
    CIA World Factbook, Russia

    News:
    Moscow Times
    Russia Today
    St. Petersburg Times

    Nuclear/Environment:
    Bellona Foundation

    Religion:
    Russian Orthodox Church (official)

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