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After taking the throne by force in 1741, Elizabeth of Russia founded Russia's first university and forged strong ties in Europe. She ruled until her death in 1762.
Before his death, Peter the Great failed to name his heir. His only remaining direct descendant, Elizabeth, seized the throne in his absence.
On Christmas Day Empress Elizabeth died, leaving the throne to Peter the Third.
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Empress of Russia was born to Peter the Great and Catherine I, rulers of Russia from 1682 to 1727. She staged a coup d'état in 1741, and reigned until her death in 1762. Uninterested in government, Elizabeth founded Russia's first university and built the extravagant Winter Palace. At her death, the country's financial situation had deteriorated, but it's European ties were strong.
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