Peter III (1728-62), Tsar of Russia (1762)
Briefly Tsar of Russia. Peter III succeeded his aunt, Elizabeth, in January 1762. He was a great admirer of Frederick the Great, and soon after taking the throne withdrew Russian from the Seven Years War, making peace in the Threaty of St. Petersburg (5 May 1762), saving Prussia from defeat. His pro-Prussian stance alienated the Russian aristocracy, and his behaviour also alienated the church. On 9 June 1762 he was overthrown by his wife, Catherine, who became Catherine II (the Great).
How to cite this article: Rickard, J. , Peter III (1728-62), Tsar of Russia (1762), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/people_peterIII.html
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