Ivan IV (1530-1584), aka Ivan the Terrible, was the first Russian tsar. During his reign, Russia emerged from a medieval state to become a multiethnic empire and an emerging regional power. European trade started during his reign. He has been described as an able diplomat, a patron of arts and trade, and founder of the first printing press in Russia. Russian territory doubled to 2.1 million square miles during his reign. He is also known for his cruelty and mental instability. This course will examine the complexity of Ivan the Terrible and his times. • Lecture + Q&A.