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Romanov dynasty

The ruling dynasty of Russia from 1613 to 1917. Succeeding the Rurik dynasty after the Time of Troubles, it oversaw the emergence of Russia as a great empire. Peter the Great and Catherine II were especially noted for their expansionary policies. The Romanovs exercised autocratic power and imposed serfdom upon the peasantry until 1861. The resulting economic and political problems helped to bring the dynasty down after Russia suffered disaster in World War I.

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