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The Story of Russia: From Vikings to 1922

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The Story of Russia: From Vikings to 1922

<p>Russian history is a rich and fascinating tapestry of political, cultural and religious evolution, too little known to the average Westerner. In this course, we trace the tumultuous events of 1300

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Russian history is a rich and fascinating tapestry of political, cultural and religious evolution, too little known to the average Westerner. In this course, we trace the tumultuous events of 1300 years, from the conquests of the Vikings to the Communist empire of modern times.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • 750-1054. The Vikings: their invasion of Slavic lands and settlement in the region of Novgorod and Kiev (c. 750). Foundation and establishment of the kingdom of the “Rus” (Redhairs)—from Rurik to Yaroslav (died 1054). Conversion to Christianity.
  • 1054-1300. Origin of the Boyar Duma (Assembly). The empowerment of the Orthodox Church (1160). The reign of 293 princes. Power shifts to Novgorod under Alexander Nevsky (1238-63). The Mongol invasion. Sovereignty of the 'Golden Horde.'
  • 1300-1533. Power centralised in Moscow under Ivan I. The Church gains independence from Greek Orthodoxy (1448). Vassily the Blind unifies Russia (1425-62). The new Kremlin built (1475). Ivan III “The Great” ends Tatar domination (1480), rules Russia for 43 years.
  • 1533-1613. The reign of Ivan the Terrible (1533-84). Boris Godunov accedes to the throne (1584-1605). The false Dimitri and the Cossack revolution. Accession and downfall of Prince Shuiski (1606-10). Michael Romanov elected Tsar, founding a new dynasty (1613).
  • 1645-1725. Brief Cossack republic under Stenka Razin. Russia turns west. The era of Peter the Great. Transfer of capital to St. Petersburg.
  • The 18th century. Two great Tsarinas: Elizabeth (1741-62) and Catherine (1762-96).
  • The 19th century. Political ferment (Decembrists). The great age of Russian literature, from Pushkin to Tchechov.
  • 1905-22. Revolutions 1905 and 1917. The Bolsheviks. The end of empire; beginning of communist rule. Lenin.