The Beard is a Useless Burden
"September 5, 1698. Russian Tsar Peter the Great imposes a taxes on beards as part of a effort to westernise his nobility. The Tsar had just returned from a tour of Europe (where most men were clean shaven) and was determined to revolutionise Russian society, culture and even fashion."
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Posted by Derek Markham at September 8, 2011 7:05 AM