The Vikings - Russia to 1860 tu,th 11-11:50 9-8-07 The...

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Russia to 1860 tu,th 11-11:50 9-8-07 The Vikings When one thinks of The Vikings they generally imagine a brood of bloodthirsty rapists and pillagers from Scandinavia. However not all Vikings were pillagers and they didn’t all live within Scandinavia. Some Vikings, in fact, traveled east and established what was to become Rus. They took hold of much of the land controlled by Slavic tribes and brought some order to the area. By no means, however, were the Vikings looking for a nice opportunity to integrate themselves into the Slavic society. They simply saw an opportunity for wealth and acted upon it. They traded furs and slaves mostly for Baghdad silver. This trade made very wealthy men out of them and they continued their rule over the Slavs. The Arab silver market went on the decline, however, in the latter part of the 10 th century and caused some Vikings to move their trading base to Kiev. A Russian story says that two Viking warriors betrayed their leader and moved to Kiev to become rulers themselves. The story says
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HIST 0300 taught by Professor Karapinka during the Fall '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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