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The Land of the Firebird

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The Land of the Firebird-Suzanne Massie Chapter 1: 987 Prince Vladimir of Kiev accepts Orthodoxy Added qualities of compassion, nonresistance, and humility into the excessively formal orthodox religion Boris and Gleb were the first two Orthodox saints, who allowed themselves to be killed by their power- hungry brother. Called the “Passion Bearers” Patronymic system Prominent place of icons in system since the Russians felt man was only fulfilled when he glorified God Chapter 2: Kiev called the mother of Russian cities Stood on the banks of the Dnieper River. One of Europe’s premier cities in the 10 th and 11 th centuries Trade link between Constantinople and the North Under Yaroslav the Wise the Kievans built their own version of the Haghia Sophia, a cathedral. Yaroslav brought in scholars from all over Europe. Kiev a center of learning and art.
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Unformatted text preview: No hereditary classes and a humane code of laws. Vladimir, near the Caspian, and Novgorod, in the north, were also important early Russian cities Prince Vladimir ruled Kiev in the early 12 th century. He held off waves of nomads from the east. His sons fought for power and this weakened the state. The Mongols sacked Kiev in 1240 Russian, except for Novgorod was decimated. Death and slavery for many. Mongols set up the Golden Khanate, a tribute extracting state in Russia The Tatars, the successors of the Mongols based in the Crimean peninsula, continued to subjugate the area through plunder in the 14-15 th centuries; sacked Moscow in 1571 Russia fears and hates the east and resents the west for abandoning them...
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