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By Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg

ISBN-10: 0195121791

ISBN-13: 9780195121797

Greatly acclaimed because the most sensible one-volume survey textual content to be had, A heritage of Russia offers the full span of Russia's historical past, from the origins of the Kievan nation and the construction of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and past. Drawing on either basic assets and significant interpretive works, this 6th version updates its latest assurance of the social, financial, cultural, political and miliary occasions of Russia's prior and incorporates a new bankruptcy at the post-Gorbachev period in addition to precious up to date biblipgraphies and examining resource lists.
interpreting modern matters reminiscent of the increase of Yeltsin, the nationalities query, and Russia's makes an attempt to marketplace capitalism, this 6th version takes the learn of Russia directly into the recent millennium, carrying on with A background of Russia's approximately forty-year tune list because the chief within the box

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D. 820 and 842. Vernadsky derives the name of Rus from the Alanic tribe of the Roxo-lans. Other scholars have turned to topographic terms, ranging from the ancient word for Volga, Rha, to Slavic names for different rivers. An ingenious compromise hypothesis postulates both a Scandinavian and a southern derivation of Rus-Ros and the merger of the two. The proponents of the Norman view have reacted in a number of ways to assertions of the antiquity of the Rus and their intrinsic connection with southern Russia.

A number of derivations had to be abandoned. The deduction of Rus from the Finnish word for the Swedes, Ruotsi, developed by Thomsen and upheld by Stender-Petersen and others, seems linguistically acceptable, but it has been criticized as extremely complicated and unlikely on historical grounds. Because they considered the Rus a Scandinavian group, the proponents of the Norman theory proceeded to interpret all references to the Rus in Norman terms. D. 839 a Western source, The Bertinian Annals, tells about the Rus ambassadors who came to Ingelheim through Constantinople and who were men of Khakan-Rus, but who turned out to be Swedes.

The rulers in Kiev strove to gain foreign markets and to protect the lifelines of trade leading to those markets. The Kievan state depended above all on the great north-south commercial route "from the Varangians to the Greeks" which formed its main economic and political axis, and it perished with the blocking of this route. The famous Russian campaigns against Constantinople, in 860, under Oleg in 907, under Igor in 941 and 944, under Sviatoslav in 970, and in the reign of Iaroslav the Wise in 1043, demonstrate in an especially striking manner this synthesis between trade and foreign policy.

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