Peter the Great

Peter I's trip to Western Europe is described by chronicles as one of the "milestones" of his reign.

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The repercussions of this trip were the changes that took place in Russia. From a semi-oriental, remaining isolated country, Russia turned into an important participant in European politics. The reforms that the tsar began to introduce upon his return touched almost every area of the country's life. They were often not only a reproduction but also a copy of the devices and solutions the tsar saw in Western Europe.