Editors. "Elizabeth becomes Empress of Russia after a bloodless revolution". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011
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Elizabeth, daughter of Tsar Peter the Great, overthrows the weak government of infant Tsar Ivan VI and his mother Anna Leopoldovna in a bloodless revolution, and establishes herself as Empress of Russia. She is to rule until 1762, leading the country through the War of the Austrian Succcession and into the Seven Years War. She was also a keen patron of building and the arts and encouraged the establishment of the University of Moscow, becoming a well-loved monarch.