September 11 - Pre-Petrine Russia

September 11 - Pre-Petrine Russia - State and Society in...

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State and Society in Imperial Russia September 11, 2007 Pre-Petrine Russia (16 th /17 th century) Main Themes o Ivan IV (“the terrible”) and the Russian Empire o Russian appropriations of their past (19 th century/Soviet/post-Soviet) o Foreign reports on Muscovy-how to interpret them o The Russian 17 th century and early modern Europe Ivan IV and the Empire o Two definitions of Russianness Rus/Russiia (noun) Rus refers to ethnic Russia, Kievan Russia Russiia refers to the larger Russian Empire with other ethnicities Russkii, rossiiskii (adj) o 1552 – Conquest of Kazan (central Asia) Important strategic and symbolic victory St. Basil’s Cathedral ( 1555-1561) constructed to celebrate the victory o Rationales for expansion Security Religion Orthodoxy is on an “imperial mission” Tartars are infidels and must be ruled Not a consistent argument Renaissance Culture o Costs of War Burden on peasantry Peasants try to escape Russia Central Russia becomes depopulated Disciplining the Boyars (nobility/high class families) Boyars don’t want to support the war Oprichnina = “the place apart”
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course HISTORY 373 taught by Professor Hellbeck during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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