A History of Russia by Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg

By Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg

Largely acclaimed because the top one-volume survey textual content to be had, A historical past of Russia offers the full span of Russia's historical past, from the origins of the Kievan kingdom and the development of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and past. Drawing on either basic resources and significant interpretive works, this 6th variation updates its present assurance of the social, fiscal, cultural, political and miliary occasions of Russia's previous and features a new bankruptcy at the post-Gorbachev period in addition to beneficial up to date biblipgraphies and interpreting resource lists.
reading modern matters reminiscent of the increase of Yeltsin, the nationalities query, and Russia's makes an attempt to industry capitalism, this 6th variation takes the learn of Russia immediately into the recent millennium, carrying on with A heritage of Russia's approximately forty-year song list because the chief within the box

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Whatever the exact import and motivation of these and certain other events, the Kievan Russians formally accepted Christianity from Constantinople in or around 988 and probably in or near Kiev, although some historians prefer Chersonesus. The conversion of Kievan Russia to Christianity fits into a broad historical pattern. At about the same time similar conversions from paganism were taking place among some of the Baltic Slavs, and in Poland, Hungary, Denmark, and Norway. Christendom in effect was spreading rapidly across all of Europe, with only a few remote peoples, such as the Lithuanians, holding out.

Vladimir's death in 1015 led to another civil war. Several of Vladimir's sons who had served in different parts of the realm as their father's lieutenants and had acquired local support became involved in the struggle. The eldest among them, Sviatopolk, triumphed over several rivals and profited from strong Polish aid, only to be finally defeated in 1019 by another son Iaroslav, who resumed the conflict from his base in Novgorod. Sviatopolk's traditional appelation in Russian history can be roughly translated as "the Damned," and his listed crimes — true or false, for Iaroslav was the ultimate victor — include the assassination of three of his brothers, Sviatoslav, Boris, and Gleb.

He built fortresses and towns, brought settlers into the frontier districts, and managed to push the steppe border to two days, rather than a single day, of travel time from Kiev. However, Vladimir's great fame rests on his relations with Byzantium and, most especially, on his adoption of Christianity, which proved to be of immense significance and long outlasted the specific political and cultural circumstances that led to the step. Interest in Christianity was not unprecedented among the Russians.

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