Why didn't the Byzantines ever attempt to expand into the northern Black Sea territories (other than southern Crimea)?

Sep 2016
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Georgia
#31
I speak Russian and I don't associate it with anything positive.
Depends on the man and circumstances really. Because you can be Grozny in a battle against the enemy and be celebrated by your own. Though, that wasn't really the case with Ivan in my opinion.

However, Ivan Grozny still has plenty of admirers in modern Russia and they actively defend his policies. They also like to compare him to other European monarchs of that period and try to show that he wasn't that bad. Most popular figures or events for comparison : Philip II of Spain, Henry VIII, Eric XIV and Bartholomew Massacre.
 
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Sep 2016
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Georgia
#35
True, yet Ivan expanded Russia's territory far more that Peter.
That is true. We can also mention that Peter had allies and was a member of anti-Swedish Coalition. While Charles XII was fighting in Poland for years, Peter had the time to rebuild his army and take Noteborg, Derpt and Narva.

Peter also was defeated in 1711 Pruth campaign. He had to give back Azov to Ottomans and demolish Taganrog.
 

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