JoRS1MiniDBQ-1 - Mi Jeong Jo Russian Studies Mr Cook Mini-DBQ Russia is often stereotyped as a culturally and historically wanting country Its strong

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Mi Jeong Jo Russian Studies Mr. Cook 10/6/2014 Mini-DBQ Russia is often stereotyped as a culturally and historically wanting country. Its strong association with the Soviet Union and its modern political ideals is certainly deceiving as it overshadows Russia's rich culture and history dating back to the 9th century. In fact, scholars familiar with Russian history look at evidences from the 9th century as crucial indications of a complex and wise society-- Russia's apt use of diplomacy and religion shows that Russian leaders at that time sought not only strong influence and power, but also wisdom and culture. What the historians also recognize during the early 9th century is a profound transformation from being nomads living in unstable communities to being settlers building a strong country powered by a robust economy. Understanding the early Russian civilization and the groundwork its leaders have pursued to make Russia one of world's powers would require exploration into Oleg and Vladimir I, Russia's early leaders, and how they contributed to building a more politically and culturally structured Russia through a peace treaty with Greece and conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy. With his wisdom and patriotic ideals, Oleg saved Russia from being destroyed by wars against the Greeks. Signing the Byzantine-Russian treaty of 911 A.D. allowed Oleg to not only politically shape Russia as a peacekeeping country, but also allowed to build a powerful and peaceful relationship with the Greeks. Despite the idea that land ownership represented power at that time, Oleg made the Greeks pay tributes and was able to position himself in a way through which he could be recognized as one of the saints. In
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fact, the Greeks are known have said, “This is not Oleg, but St. Demetrius, whom God sent upon us” (source I). This phrase represents how the Greeks treated Oleg. Making yesterday’s enemies to think that he is with God shows Oleg’s omnipotent power over the Greeks and truly represents that he was a great leader. Russian people heard this story and started to call him a “Prophet” (source J). This shows not only how the Greeks, but also
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