The Age of Absolutism Question – Analyze the major ways through Czar Peter the Great (1689-1725) sought to reform his society and its institutions in order to strengthen Russia and its position in Europe. (1989) Jane Le Period 2
Intro Sentence: The Age of Absolutism was a period in which monarchs wanted to increase their riches and power for the state.
Thesis: Upon ascending the throne of Russia, Peter the Great was able to modernize Russia politically, economically, religiously, and socially towards western orientation.
TS: Peter the Great sought to modernize Russia politically to strengthen it as a whole. E1: In order to fight off corruption and keep his personal authority, Peter the Great reorganized his administration. C1: He establishes multiple colleges and assigns a secretary for each one to make the government of Russia more efficient and effective.
E1:In order to build St. Petersburg and wage his wars, Peter levied heavy taxes on almost every product imaginable.
E2: Raising taxes would help Peter build their new capital and warfare, making everyone in Russia have experience in militarism.
CS: Strengthening Russia, Peter develops political ideas to have a more western-like Russia. TS: As Czar, Peter reforms the economy of Russia to resemble Western Europe's.