January 01, 1997

The Father of Tsarism



Four hundred and fifty years ago this month, Ivan the Terrible became the first Russian ruler to hold the title ‘tsar.’ Andrei Yurganov examines the life of this exceptionally talented and cruel ruler, and discovers that his legacy goes far beyond the founding of a 470-year institution.

 

“The new system which he set up was madness, but the madness of a genius.”


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