A History of Russia by Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg

By Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg

Largely acclaimed because the most sensible one-volume survey textual content to be had, A historical past of Russia provides the full span of Russia's historical past, from the origins of the Kievan country and the construction of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and past. Drawing on either fundamental assets and significant interpretive works, this 6th version updates its latest insurance of the social, financial, cultural, political and miliary occasions of Russia's previous and encompasses a new bankruptcy at the post-Gorbachev period in addition to worthy up-to-date biblipgraphies and interpreting resource lists.
studying modern matters corresponding to the increase of Yeltsin, the nationalities query, and Russia's makes an attempt to industry capitalism, this 6th variation takes the research of Russia instantly into the hot millennium, carrying on with A historical past of Russia's approximately forty-year tune checklist because the chief within the box

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True, the Rus are often contrasted with the Slavs. The contrast, however, may refer simply to the difference between the Kievan Slavs and other Slavs to the north. Some of the customs of the Rus, described in Arabic sources, seem to be definitely Slavic rather than Norman: such are the posthumous marriage of bachelors and the suicide of wives following the death of their husbands. The Rus known to the Arabs lived most probably somewhere in southern Russia. Although Arabic writers refer primarily to the ninth century, the widespread and well-established relations of the Rus with the East at that time suggest an acquaintance of long standing.

For some reason Kievan sources, and most importantly the Primary Chronicle, virtually omit Russian ecclesiastical history from the conversion in 988 to 1037, and, furthermore, give the impression that the years around the latter date, at the time of Iaroslav, produced a new departure in Russian Christianity, marked by such a strange act as the consecration in 1039 of a Kievan church which had been erected by Vladimir. In search of an explanation, Priselkov suggested that until 1037 the Russian Church was linked to the Bulgarian archbishopric of Ochrid rather than to Byzantium.

One can only speculate on the possible implications of such a change of capital for Russian history. But the Byzantine state, ruled from 969 by the famous military leader Emperor John Tzimisces, had become fully aware of the new danger. As Sviatoslav would not leave the Balkans, a bitter war ensued. In his characteristic manner the Russian prince rapidly crossed the Balkan mountains and invaded the Byzantine Empire, capturing Philippopolis and threatening Adrianople and Constantinople itself.

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