The Orthodox Nationalist: Ivan “the Terrible”

May 14, 2009

Ivan the Terrible

Matt Johnson discusses Ivan IV “the Terrible” of Russia (1530 – 1584):

  • Ivan was a major reformer
  • Ivan was popular with the lower classes
  • Ivan broke the back of the oligarchy permanently
  • “Terrible” (Russian: “Грозный”) means extraordinary and powerful, not evil as in the modern English usage
  • Ivan was one of the longest reigning monarchs in European history (his reign lasted from 1533-1584)

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