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Russian Empire

Russian Empire

The Russian Empire was a state that existed from 1721 until overthrown by the short-lived liberal February Revolution in 1917. One of the largest empires in world history, stretching over three continents, the Russian Empire was surpassed in landmass only by the British and Mongol empires. It played a major role in 1812–14 in defeating Napoleon's ambitions to control Europe, and expanded to the west and south. It was often in conflict with the Ottoman Empire. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Russian Empire extended from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea on the south, from the Baltic Sea on the west to the Pacific Ocean, and into Alaska in North America on the ... more on Wikipedia

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#10 of 32 The Most Powerful and Influential Global Empires in History 7.7k VOTES The most powerful empires in history united warring factions, controlled great swaths of land, and had vast colonial resourc...