What are Russias basic geographical features?
At Imperial Russias height, it occupied one sixth of the earths land mass. The climate is harsh, with arctic
temperatures in the north and arid, desert temperatures in the south. There ar
What were the origins of the Kievan Rus?
The first Russian state at Kiev occurred between 882-1054. It began by being populated by self-led and
autonomous Slavic and Finnish tribes, who were plundered by the Varangians in the 9 th century. How
Time of Troubles & the Early Romanovs_
What was the Russian dynastic crisis of the early seventeenth century?
After Ivans son Theodore, died, there began a crisis of succession. Boris Godunov became Tsar, chosen by the
Zemskii-Sobor; however, he soon beca
How did Moscow begin to emerge as a Russian power after the Mongol invasion?
By the beginning of the 14th century, the principality of Moscow became the centre of an increasingly
centralised state. It was itself important for six reasons
Describe the character and early life of Peter I the Great.
Peter I the Great (r. 1682-1725) was physically imposing, with a powerful presence. He was intelligent and
largely self-taught, but without any formal educationhe acquired over tw
Russia in the Napoleonic Age_
Who was Tsar Alexandr I?
The most important events of Alexandr Is reign were the defeat of Napoleon and the attempts at reforming
serfdom. The former succeeds, whereas the latter does not. He was educated by a western tutor,
What were the important occurrences between Peter I and Catherine II?
It was during this period that the Petrine Reforms were consolidated and expandedthere was, however, some
internal instability. There was a problem of success