Of the World’s Dynastys

The Romanovs, one of the world’s wealthiest – and perhaps bloodiest – royal dynasties, governed Russia for three centuries. The Romanov rule began with the ascension of Czar Michael in 1613 and ended with the execution of Nicholas II and his family, the Czarina Alexandra, and their five children, following the Bolshevik Revolution of l917. The main achievements of the Romanov dynasty were extending Russia’s borders and transforming the nation from a backward, semi-Asiatic country into a Western European state. The policy of expanding Russian territory, usually associated with Peter the Great, actually started with his grandfather and was continued by his successors right into the 20th century. It was Peter the Great, though, who founded St. Petersburg and westernized Russia. He also established the State Diamond Fund in 1719 to separate the nation’s from the family’s jewe

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