By Michael Kort
Detailing the social, fiscal, and political alterations and crises that the folks of Russia have needed to undergo, this booklet presents a finished account of this significant country's historical past. It contains assurance at the conquest and rule of Russia via the Mongol Golden Horde; and the reign of terror through Ivan the bad.
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This political instability led to fragmentation and ultimately contributed to Kiev’s downfall. Before that happened, however, several important developments took place that helped forge a common identity among the East Slavs that outlasted the Kievan Rus state. In 988 Kiev’s Prince Vladimir (r. 980–1015), after triumphing over his brothers in a civil war, converted to the Greek Orthodox version of Christianity, a choice that reflects Kiev’s close cultural ties with the Byzantine Empire and Constantinople, the center of the Greek Orthodox faith.
In 988 Kiev’s Prince Vladimir (r. 980–1015), after triumphing over his brothers in a civil war, converted to the Greek Orthodox version of Christianity, a choice that reflects Kiev’s close cultural ties with the Byzantine Empire and Constantinople, the center of the Greek Orthodox faith. The conversion also gave Kievan Rus its first written language, Church Slavonic, a language closely related to the Russian spoken at the time by the East Slavs and therefore easily understood by them. Church Slavonic was written in an alphabet created by the Bulgarian Orthodox missionary Cyril (hence the Cyrillic alphabet) a century earlier.
Yury’s successor, his younger brother Ivan (r. 1325–41), built brilliantly and ruthlessly on the foundation he inherited. ” When Ivan became prince of Moscow, the title of grand prince had recently 18 19 A BRIEF HISTORY OF RUSSIA Moscow’s Kremlin stands as a symbol of Russia and serves as the center of its government. The original Kremlin was a wooden structure built in the mid-12th century; the redbrick walls that surround the Kremlin today date from the reign of Ivan the Great. (Denis Babenko, 2007.
A Brief History of Russia by Michael Kort