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)

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].