This is an interesting map! It was published in 1942 but it shows Russia as an independent state and not as part of the Soviet Union. Printed in Spain, that is probably the reason. #map #russia #baltic states
In order to expand Russian borders, strengthen the military, and centralize royal power, Peter brought all Russian institutions under his control including the Russian Orthodox Church. Haughty boyars were forced to serve the state in military or civilian jobs.