Russia, Ukraine, Crimea and the Sea of Azov

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Russia, Ukraine, Crimea and the Sea of Azov

<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that Crimea and the Black Sea region are as dear to Russians as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is for Jews and Muslims. The Apostle Andrew is believed to

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that Crimea and the Black Sea region are as dear to Russians as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is for Jews and Muslims. The Apostle Andrew is believed to have converted several thousand men in Crimea at the Greek colony of Chersonesus Taurica. Almost a thousand years later, Prince Vladimir of Kiev was also baptised in Korsun (Chersonesus), before returning to Kiev to introduce Christianity to his people. Learn how and why Crimea, once a site of unifying influence for Slavic Orthodox Christianity, has become a focus of geopolitical tension between Russia and Ukraine.


SUGGESTED READING
Address by President of the Russian Federation, March 18, 2014. Available online at: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/20603


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Overview of the religious significance of Crimea for Eastern Slavic Orthodox Christianity.
  • Analysis of the contemporary geopolitical significance of Crimea for Russia and Ukraine.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the religious significance of Crimea for Eastern Slavic Orthodox Christianity.
  2. Appreciate the contemporary geopolitical significance of Crimea for Russia and Ukraine.