Cultural Atlas of Russia and the Former Soviet Union, by Robin Milner-Gulland, R. R. Milner-Gulland, Robin

By Robin Milner-Gulland, R. R. Milner-Gulland, Robin Miner-Gulland with Nikolai Dejevsk

The Russian Orthodox Church is at present celebrating its millennium, one who coincides nearly with the documented heritage of Russia itself. That 1000-year background - either political and cultural - is the valuable topic of this quantity. After due acknowledgment of the Hellenistic, Slav, Viking and Byzantine backgrounds, the ancient account opens with the conversion of Rus to Christianity within the tenth century and with the early facilities of civilization at Kiev, Novgorod and Vladimir. centuries of Tatar rule divide the autumn of Kievan Russia from the increase of Muscovy, however the medieval interval of Russian heritage doesn't absolutely finish until eventually after the accession of Peter the good in 1682. Peter's reforms and extrovert guidelines, precursors of overdue 20th-century improvement, without notice projected Russia onto the guts degree of global politics - a place which, for higher or worse, it hasn't ever relinquished. a gap component of the atlas presents the geographical and ethnic context for the cultural background that follows, the booklet ends with a incredible portrait in maps, textual content and photographs of every nation in the former Soviet Union this present day.

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So too must have been the more northerly Venedi (from whose name derive modern forms such as "Wendish"). It is possible that Slavonic tribes, probably (though not certainly) direct forebears of the Russians, occupied parts of Southern Russia many centuries before they were first mentioned in quite written sources by outsiders; some archaeological evidence points in this direction. To postulate a long and formative period of contact and cooperation with southern steppe peoples of Iranian stock (as does the much-read historian G.

They do not seem to have been primarily connected with local bureaucratic administration. Though the majority are late medieval, some go back to the early days of Christian Rus, and if inscriptions on other objects (wooden tally-sticks, ceramic fragments) are taken into consideration, Russian literacy can be shown to predate the conversion to Christianity. Literary sources Despite the lack of official documents, the literary sources for knowledge of Kievan Russia are in fact rather rich, and of course are not limited to what archaeologists have managed to uncover.

The history of their penetration into Russia is unclear and controversial. Vikings (in Russian sources "Varangians" compare Norse Vaeringjar and AngloSaxon waerengs, wanderers) had crossed the Baltic by the start of the 9th century, and perhaps much — earlier: what they were after was trade. " This way way from the Vikings to the Greeks led from the Gulf of Finland, up the short River Neva to Lake Ladoga, south along the Volkhov to Novgorod and Lake Ilmen, up the Lovat to the Valday Hills, across a portage to the headwaters of the Dnieper (flowing from the great source of Russian rivers, the Okovsky Forest), down the Dnieper to the site of Kiev.

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