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The Origin of the Kievan State Origin is associated with the group, tribe, or people known as the Rus Question of whether Scandinavian influence played a major role in the formation of the Kievan State Discredited the Norman theory (Scandinavian influence) Kievan Rus: A Political Outline Three Periods: Oleg’s semi-legendary occupation of the city on the Dnieper in 882 to 972 or 980 Kievan princes brought different East Slavic tribes under their sway, exploiting the position of Kiev on the famous road from the Varangians to the Greeks (important trading route from the Scandinavian, Baltic, and Russian north of Europe to Constantinople) 980 to 1054 Reigns of St.Vladimir and Iaroslav the Wise Greatest development, prosperity, stability, and success Death of Iaroslav the Wise (1054) or lasting through the reign of Vladimir Monomakh (1113-1125) to 1240 Period of decline: foreign invasions, civil wars, general diminution of the significance of Kiev 1240: Mongols establish dominion over Russia Debate: Is Kiev part of Russian history or is it a separate history of one of the Slavic peoples that would be later rules by the Muscovite state A Varangian named Oleg occupied Kiev in 882, establishing it as the new capital, and enabling closer connections with the Byzantine markets Oleg reigned in the name of Riurik’s infant son Igor who took the throne after Oleg’s death in 913
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