How did Peter the Great change Russia?
Tsar Peter changed Russia by modernizing it. He built the great city of St. Petersburg (a modern and splendid city, but one created from a wasteland at an extremely heavy human cost) and adopted many European customs. Some may say he "Europeanized" the nation, causing sweeping changes across all levels of society and customs.
- Introduced potatoes, which became a staple of Russian diet
- Started Russia's first newspaper and edited the first issue himself
- Raised woman's status by having them attend social gatherings
- Ordered the nobles to give up their traditional clothes for Western fashions - They were also required to shave off their beards.
- Advanced education by opening a school of navigation and introducing schools for the arts and sciences
- Reorganized and reformed the Russian armed forces and created a modern navy modeled on European practices