Peter the Great. Described as handsome and of unusual physical strength, Peter was literally head and shoulders above his contemporaries both in Russia and Europe. Unlike all earlier Russian tsars, he didn’t shy away from hard physical labor and enjoyed a simple lifestyle.
Peter I 1724 - Once he had seen Europe he was determined to build a new Russia. His methods were frequently brutal but his achievements were phenomenal. Russia was changed forever and on the way to becoming a great world power. Peter, for all his faults, earned his title…The Great.
NTK 4: Russia: Peter the Great was the first to rule in an absolutist monarch in which he claimed divine rule. He decided to westernize Russia especially by borrowing European technology. Modernizing the armed forces was necessary in making Russia a power house.