peter the great was a czar unlike any other
as a child he enjoyed making russian men fight for his entertainment and he set up war games
this played a crucial part in the strength of peters military.
also as a child he learned about ships and started russia's first navy.
he had two interests during his lifetime which were developing a strong military and navy, winning wars etc. and learning about the technology in the west.
because of his love for war and military conquest russia became the greatest power in northeastern europe.
he changed russia for the better in many ways, however he ignored his son alexei who never developed an interest in war
when peter realized this he told his son that he could either become a monk or develop an interest in war
his son fled the country, however peter intercepted him tortured him and had him condemned to death.
During his reign, Russia had emerged from the darkness and had entered the European world as a major player. He had developed the military, improved education, embarked on a strong building program, opened Russia to western trade