Peter the Great and the West

Peter I (later known as Peter the Great) strongly desired to move Russia forward.  Believing "the West" might be a model his country could follow, he began to incorporate "Western ways" into Russian life. 

One of those "Western ways" had to do with beards.  At the time he became Tsar, most Russian men wore beards.  Peter shaved his own beard, then insisted that his countrymen do the same.  He also required men to shorten their coats to knee-length, rather than ankle-length.

See, also:

Peter the Great - Tsar of All the Russians

Peter the Great Envisions St. Petersburg

Peter the Great and St. Petersburg

Peter the Great - Absolute Power

Media Credits

Clip from "Russia:  Land of the Tsars," online courtesy A&E.  Copyright, A&E Television Networks, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.



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