The Orthodox Nationalist: Ivan “the Terrible”


ivan-the-terribleMatt 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:
    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)


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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