Russia: Land of the Tsars

Russia: Land of the Tsars is a four-part documentary series that traces Russian history from the 9th century to the Revolution in 1917. This is the story of the Tsars that ruled the land of Russia, including the figures whose names have become legend: Ivan the Terrible who expanded the empire at the rate of 50 miles-and innumerable lives-a day; Peter the Great whose sweeping reforms westernized the nation; and Catherine the Great whose rule was marked by conquest change and controversy. Through the story of the Tsars, the series discusses aspects of Russian history such as expansion of the monarchy, the origins of the Russian Orthodox Church, armed conflicts, the changing political climate, opposition to the Tsars, and the gradual modernization of Russian society.

Episode 1 - Ivan the Terrible

Episode 1 - Ivan the Terrible
This episode traces Russian history from the 9th century to Ivan the Terrible who was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547 and Tsar of All the Russias from 1547 until his death.

Episode 2 - Peter the Great
This episode features Peter the Great who ruled the Tsardom of Russia and later the Russian Empire. Through a number of successful wars he expanded the Tsardom into a much larger empire that became a major European power.

Episode 3 - Catherine the Great
Under Catherine the Great Russia was revitalized, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.

Episode 4 - Nicholas II
This episode looks at the final years of the Russian Empire, featuring Nicholas II and the rise of Marxism under the Bolsheviks.

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