Thematic Essay Theme: Political Systems Absolute Monarchy is a political system which had a huge impact on the development of Russia during the reign of Peter the Great in the 17th century and part of the 18th century. Task: 1. Describe the characteristics of an absolute monarchy. 2. Discuss how Peter the Great used his power as absolute monarch to influence the development of Russia. 3. Evaluate the effect the policies of Peter the Great had on Russia (positive, negative, or both). Guidelines: 1. Develop all aspects of the task. 2. Support the theme with relevant facts, examples, and details. You may incorporate information from your class notes and from outside sources. However, your writing must be original. Do not simply copy from Wikipedia. You will not get credit if you copy. 3. Use a logical and clear plan of the organization including an introduction and a conclusion that are beyond a restatement of the theme

Thematic Essay on Political Systems: The Absolute Monarchy of Peter the Great