Expansion of Russia 1689 – 1796


Expansion of Russia, 1689 – 1796


“The overriding territorial aim of Peter the Great in the first quarter of the eighteenth century, and of Catherine the Great in the latter half, was to secure year-round navigable outlets to the sea for the vast Russian Empire–hence Peter’s push to the Baltic Sea and Catherine’s to the Black Sea. Catherine also managed to acquire large areas of Poland through the partitions of that country.” [book] This map shows territorial changes under Catherine and Peter the Great.


Donald Kagan et al. The Western Heritage Since 1300. (p. 617)

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