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Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156508

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156508.001.0001

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Kievan Russia

Kievan Russia

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(p.18) 2 Kievan Russia
Source:
Russian Identities
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Nicholas V. Riasanovsky (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156508.003.0003

This chapter begins by discussing that Kievan Russia is generally presented as playing a significant part in the brilliant and glorious initial period of Russian history. It narrates that the Mongol's utter destruction of Kiev in 1240 may be considered the ultimate end of the Kievan period. It explains that Kievan history can be better understood as a series of extraordinary performances by a number of able princes, with the rest of the time devoted mainly to civil wars. It discusses that the political development of the Kievan state was sustained by its rich and varied economy, and the Kievan state was traditionally considered as a trading state, founded on the waterway from the Baltic Sea to Constantinople. It notes that Kievan Russia is located in the Ukraine and that this time deserves full consideration as a very impressive initial period of the rather fragmented and tragic Ukrainian history. It also examines Kievan Christianity, literature, architecture, and arts.

Keywords:   Kievan Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Mongol, princes, trading state, Christianity

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