Ivan the Terrible
Ivan IV Vasilyevich, also known as Ivan the Terrible, was a very powerful leader in Russia. Ivan was born in 1530 and died in 1584. He crowned himself the first tsar of Russia. Many believe that although Ivan was a ruthless leader who had a method behind his madness and that he was a tsar who caused great reform in Russia. However, it is hard to imagine how Ivan’s paranoia and constant killing caused Russia to reform for the better. Ivan’s paranoia, violent nature, and the development of the oprichnina caused him to destroy much of Russia, including the boyars, Russian agriculture and economy, and many innocent civilians.
It seems as though everything Ivan achieved was for his own benefit and not the country of Russia as a whole. Ivan’s childhood was very complicated . Both of his parents died when he was very young. Ivan’s mother was thought to have been poisoned to death, supposedly by the boyars. After Ivan’s mother’s death Prince Vasily Shuisky started to take over, killing everyone in the Regency Council. The regency Council was set up by Ivan’s father, Vasily III, to protect the throne for Ivan.Ivan grew up with violence all around him. When Ivan grew older he realized that he should be the one ruling not Shuisky, so Ivan had Shuisky killed. In 1547 Ivan broke from the original title of Grand Prince and called himself the first tsar of Russia, the word tsar coming from the Latin word Caesar meaning emperor. Ivan saw the title tsar as one who has more power and is ranked higher than Grand Prince.
Ivan saw much violence throughout his childhood. Witnessing all this violence at a young age affected the way he ruled. Ivan not only saw violence from Shuisky but from the boyars too. The boyars were made of up the nobles and were the ones who were said to have raised Ivan. They often tortured and beat Ivan. This is why Ivan grew up to hate the boyars. Shortly after becoming Tsar Ivan saw how much power he had and one day decided to...