Ivan The Terrible
About the Ivan The Terrible Lesson
This lesson introduces students to Ivan the Terrible.
• To be able to explain Ivan the Terrible?s reign.
• To be able describe how Ivan got his nickname.
• To be able to describe Ivan?s militia.
Ivan IV became ruler of Russia after his father. His reign is typically divided into two parts. The first part of his rule is considered the good period, and Ivan ruled with input from a council. During this time period, Ivan defended Russia?s borders, updated the military, and formed an assembly of the land (called a zemskii sobor). While he was initially considered successful in military matters, he suffered great losses trying to expand Russia in the west.