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Alexander von Kotzebue "Peter the Great founds Petersburg"

'Peter the Great Founding St Petersburg in by Alexander von Kotzebue, 1862

Peter II - born in Saint Petersburg on 23 October [O.S. 12 October] 1715. His mother died when he was only ten days old. His father, Prince Alexis, was accused of treason by Peter the Great, and in 1718 Alexis died in prison. Peter the Great gave the child over to his sister, Grand Duchess Natalia – he did not care about the upbringing and education of young Peter II, because he reminded him of Alexis.

Petr II by J.Ludden Russian museum) He was the only son of Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich (son of Peter I of Russia by his first consort Eudoxia Lopukhina) and of Princess Charlotte of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

Enamel miniature - Portrait of Catherine I, Empress of Russia (1682-1727), second wife of Peter the Great, after a portrait by Nattier (dated 1717)

Portrait of Catherine I, Empress of Russia (1682-1727), second wife of Peter the Great, after a portrait by Nattier (dated 1717)

Enamel miniature - Portrait of Catherine I, Empress of Russia second wife of Peter the Great, after a portrait by Nattier (dated

Tomb of Peter the Great, founder of St Petersburg, at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul in St Petersburg, Russia

Tomb of Peter the Great, founder of St Petersburg, at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul in St Petersburg, Russia

Russian beard tax token from the reign of Peter the Great, reads "The beard is a superfluous burden."

Beard Tax Token, 1705 A beard tax is one of several taxes introduced throughout history on men who wear beards. In Emperor Peter I of Russia instituted a beard tax to modernize the society of.

Tsar Peter I The Great Alexeyevich Romanov (1672-1725) Russia. His half-brother Feodor III (1661-1682) was an effective leader but sick & died after 6 years as Tsar. Peter I & his half-brother Ivan V (1666-1696) were named co-Tsar’s. Peter I was only 9 & Ivan V was mentally incompetent so his half-sister Sophia (1657-1704) lead Russia for them. As a child Peter I was content to let her run the nation. But she wanted to keep her position & tried to kill Peter I leading to his quick political…

Peter the Great kept on with past policies but had an interest int he economy as well. He took a turn for the best when he fled west to adopt their policies. This led to Russia's modernization.

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