5 1/2% Bond printed by American Bank Note Company. The Russian Empire, commonly referred to as Imperial Russia, was a historical empire that extended across Eurasia from 1721, succeeding the Tsardom of Russia following the Treaty of Nystad that ended the Great Northern War. The Empire lasted until the Republic was proclaimed by the Provisional Government that took power after the February Revolution of 1917. The third-largest empire in history, at one point stretching over three continentsEurope, Asia, and North Americathe Russian Empire was surpassed in size only by the British and Mongol empires.
The rise of the Russian Empire coincided with the decline of neighboring rival powers: the Swedish Empire, the PolishLithuanian Commonwealth, Persia, the Ottoman Empire, and Qing China. From the 10th through the 17th centuries, the land was ruled by a noble class, the boyars, above whom was a tsar, who later became an emperor. Tsar Ivan III (14621505) laid the groundwork for the empire that later emerged. He tripled the territory of his state, ended the dominance of the Golden Horde, renovated the Moscow Kremlin, and laid the foundations of the Russian state. The Item ordered may not be exact piece shown.
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