Peter the Great

The reforms introduced by Peter the Great over the years affected the military, administration, economy, as well as education, culture, and the Orthodox Church.

An excerpt from the article 32 facts about Peter the Great

He established a table of ranks. The first to be introduced were changes in customs (boyars had to shorten their robes and shave their beards, which could now only be worn by clergymen, peasants, and merchants - for a special fee). He also introduced Western dances and smoking.