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Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825
1453 Through the Reign of Ivan the Terrible (1533-1584) The Time of Troubles to the First Romanovs (1598-1682) Peter the Great and His Legacy (1682-1762) The Age of Catherine the Great (1762-1801) The Reign of Emperor Alexander I (1801-1825)


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The Reign of Emperor Alexander I (1801-1825): A Summary of Russian History
Russia Symbol Introduction
Russia Symbol In the Spirit of His Grandmother
Russia Symbol A Law-based State
Russia Symbol The Napoleonic Wars
The Reign of Emperor Alexander I (1801-1825): A Summary of World History

Russia's Globalization:
A Key

Events marked Russia Symbol are specific to Muscovy/Russia's internal development.
Those marked World Symbol are important world historical or cultural events.
Engagement Symbol indicates specific points of sociocultural or military engagement between Muscovy/Russia and foreign powers or individuals.




Burdens of Engagement
  Burdens of Engagement
NYPL, Slavic and Baltic Division

During the reign of Alexander I, Russia reached the zenith of its engagement with the other European states. In 1807, Emperor Alexander and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor, 1804–14/15) reached an agreement that effectively acknowledged Russia and France as the two greatest powers on the continent and, given the geopolitics of the day, in the world. Napoleon conquered most of Europe, redrawing its map, and then, in 1812, attempted to absorb Russia into his empire. That quest ended in disastrous defeat, and Alexander led the allied army into Paris, unseating his rival. This left Russia as the largest and most powerful nation on the globe. At the same time, during the sojourn of Russian soldiers in west European countries, they absorbed the liberal ideas and aspirations that would set off a century-long revolutionary movement that would end in the fall of the Romanovs.

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