By Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg
Broadly acclaimed because the top one-volume survey textual content to be had, A background of Russia offers the total span of Russia's heritage, from the origins of the Kievan kingdom and the construction of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and past. Drawing on either fundamental resources and significant interpretive works, this 6th variation updates its present insurance of the social, monetary, cultural, political and miliary occasions of Russia's prior and features a new bankruptcy at the post-Gorbachev period in addition to beneficial up-to-date biblipgraphies and interpreting resource lists.
interpreting modern matters similar to the increase of Yeltsin, the nationalities query, and Russia's makes an attempt to marketplace capitalism, this 6th version takes the examine of Russia instantly into the hot millennium, carrying on with A historical past of Russia's approximately forty-year music checklist because the chief within the box
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This second period was occupied almost entirely by the reigns of two remarkable princes, Saint Vladimir and Iaroslav the Wise, and it ended with the death of the latter in 1054. While the Kievan rulers from Oleg through Sviatoslav established Kievan Russia as an important state, it was early in the time of Vladimir that a new element of enormous significance entered the life and culture of Kiev: Christianity. The new Christian civilization of Kievan Russia produced impressive results as early as the first half of the eleventh century, adding literary and artistic attainment to the political power and high economic development characteristic of the age.
Among the East Slavs, he reaffirmed the authority of the Kievan state which had been badly shaken during the years of civil war. He recovered Galician towns from Poland and, further to the north, subdued the warlike Baltic tribe of the Iatviags, extending his domain in that area to the Baltic Sea. Vladimir also made a major and generally successful effort to contain the Pechenegs. 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.
The tribute in kind, which the prince obtained in his capacity as ruler and which consisted in particular of such items as furs, wax, and honey, formed the foundation of the commercial undertakings of the Rus. Slaves constituted another major commodity: the continuous expansion of the Kievan state connected with repeated wars enabled the prince constantly to acquire human chattels for foreign markets. The Kievan ruler thus acted as a merchant-prince on a grand scale. His retainers, the druzhina, emulated him as best they could: they helped him gather tribute in winter, and received their share of it, which they took for sale abroad with the great summer expedition of the Rus.