Ivan the Terrible, or Ivan IV, was the first tsar of all Russia

Although the transition from Ivan to his son and successor, Feodor I, was relatively easy and quiet, Moscow was, according to most observers, on the verge of anarchy as a result of Ivan The Terrible's policies.

Kazan Falls to Ivan the Terrible | History Today

Kevin, Toren, and Joe are back with more Evil Dudes in History. This time it’s Russian Tsar Ivan IV Vasilyevich: “Ivan the Terrible”. In Part 1 we talk about the early years and middle years of this outrageous tyrant.

Ivan the Terrible – History's Shadow

The walled and moated town of Kazan was stormed by Ivan the Terrible's army on October 2nd, 1552.

This cannot be called an achievement but Ivan IV became Ivan the Terrible after his wife’s death. He suffered from depression and became a recluse as a result. Many noble families deserted him and he lost popular support during this mourning phase. He left Moscow and wanted to abdicate the throne, although it is not known if it was a serious threat that he would follow through.

Ivan the terribly rude - Telegraph

Ivan IV got obsessed with expansions and with the Mongols. In his attempt to establish his reign, he ignored the economy. Although he was vocal about his protection of the orthodox religious beliefs, his support got eroded with time and efforts such as the commissioning of the basilica in Red Square in Moscow did not go down well with the noble families or the influential strategists in the kingdom.

Ivan The Terrible - Guide to Russia

Ivan the Terrible was then known as Ivan IV when he became the czar of Muscovy. During the early years of his reign, when he was married to Anastasia Romanovna, he proved to be a very effective ruler. He institutionalized several reforms that established self rule or a kind of self governance in rural Russia. He also brought in tax reforms, statutory laws and religious reforms, mostly pertaining to the church. It must be noted that during this time, the Mongols were circling around to usurp more land and had sufficient dominance in lands up to the Baltic Sea. Ivan IV managed to thwart all offensive attempts and he eventually succeeded in conquering those lands that would become an integral part of centralized Russia.

Is this Ivan the Terrible’s 'Excalibur'? - Daily Mail Online

Ivan the Terrible was very intelligent. He had a sharp mind and a penchant for shrewdness. Whether it was the fallout of his complex behavior or his uncontrollable rage was a byproduct of the way his mind worked is unclear.

Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout - Big Sky Brewing

During the ancient times and even during the reign of the various dynasties in China, expansion of European territories or colonies, during the dark medieval age in Europe and the Mongolian dominance in Asia, violence and ruthless approaches to war have always been the cornerstone of military strategy. They have often paved the foundation for rapid expansion, growth of military might and a dominating presence in the lands conquered. Ivan the Terrible was not known as such when he started conquering the lands in control of the khanates. His long reign from 1533 to 1584 was partly solidified when at the early phases of his rule he defeated the khanates of Astrakhan, Kazan and Siberia.