The Orthodox Nationalist: Peter I the Great

Matt Johnson discusses the life and legacy of Peter I the Great
of Russia.

Peter I the Great of Russia (1672 1725) was a
predecessor to the Bolsheviks, a revolutionary, and a Mason. He
centralized the Russian state; he made the Orthodox church his
personal slave; he destroyed parishes and monasteries; he took all
their cash and books; he defeated Sweden, Cossacks, and Turks, but
at a cost the cost of Russian liberty. Sweden was never a
major military power again. Peters influence on Russian
history is profound. Bolshevism can be understood as a later
continuation of Peters program [albeit one on speed or meth,
so to speak].

By: Fr. Matthew Raphael Johnson

Matthew Raphael Johnson is a scholar of Russian Orthodox history and philosophy. His research interests focus on Russian political theory and religious ideas, concentrating on the central role of nationalism, Eurasianism and the Orthodox tradition as forms of rebellion against globalism and liberalism. His Orthodox Nationalist podcast series is available here.

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