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Peter the Great

1672 - 1725

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Peter I (9 June [O.S. 30 May] 1672 – 8 February [O.S. 28 January] 1725), most commonly known as Peter the Great, was a Russian monarch who ruled the Tsardom of Russia from 7 May [O.S. 27 April] 1682 to 1721 and subsequently the Russian Empire until his death in 1725, jointly ruling with his elder half-brother, Ivan V until 1696. He is primarily credited with the modernisation of the country, transforming it into a European power. Through a number of successful wars, he captured ports at Azov and the Baltic Sea, laying the groundwork for the Imperial Russian Navy, ending uncontested Swedish supremacy in the Baltic and beginning the Tsardom's expansion into a much larger empire that became a major European power. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter the Great has received more than 8,663,508 page views. His biography is available in 133 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 132 in 2019). Peter the Great is the 48th most popular politician (down from 44th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Russia (up from 10th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Russian Politician.

Peter the Great was most famous for reforming Russia's government, military, and economy. He also expanded the country's territory by conquering new land.

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Among politicians, Peter the Great ranks 48 out of 15,577Before him are Akhenaten, Pericles, Maria Theresa, Ulysses S. Grant, Nero, and Leon Trotsky. After him are Franklin D. Roosevelt, Angela Merkel, Saddam Hussein, Boris Yeltsin, Nebuchadnezzar II, and Nikita Khrushchev.

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Among people born in 1672, Peter the Great ranks 1After him are Joseph Addison, Pylyp Orlyk, Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Nicolas de Grigny, Ernst Ludwig I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, André Cardinal Destouches, Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, and Richard Steele. Among people deceased in 1725, Peter the Great ranks 1After him are Alessandro Scarlatti, Mahmud Hotak, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Arai Hakuseki, Christian August of Saxe-Zeitz, René de Froulay de Tessé, Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani, José Benito de Churriguera, and Jonathan Wild.

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Among people born in Russia, Peter the Great ranks 9 out of 3,262Before him are Vladimir Putin (1952), Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821), Leo Tolstoy (1828), Mikhail Gorbachev (1931), Yuri Gagarin (1934), and Dmitri Mendeleev (1834). After him are Boris Yeltsin (1931), Anton Chekhov (1860), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840), and Ivan the Terrible (1530).


Among politicians born in Russia, Peter the Great ranks 4Before him are Vladimir Lenin (1870), Vladimir Putin (1952), and Mikhail Gorbachev (1931). After him are Boris Yeltsin (1931), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Ivan the Terrible (1530), Kim Jong-il (1941), Alexander I of Russia (1777), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), and Alexander III of Russia (1845).