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History of Russia Part 1

History of Russia Part 1

For thousands of years, the lands known today as Russia and Ukraine were inhabited by nomadic tribes and mysterious Bronze Age cultures. The only record they left were their graves. In the great open grasslands of the south, the steppe, they buried their chieftains beneath huge mounds called kurgans. The Ancient Greek historian Herodotus called …

History of Russia (PARTS 1-5) – Rurik to Revolution

History of Russia (PARTS 1-5) – Rurik to Revolution

For thousands of years, the lands known today as Russia and Ukraine were inhabited by nomadic tribes and mysterious Bronze Age cultures. The only record they left were their graves. In the great open grasslands of the south, the steppe, they buried their chieftains beneath huge mounds called kurgans. The Ancient Greek historian Herodotus called …

History of Russia Part 2

History of Russia Part 2

In 1612, Russia was in a state of anarchy. They called it ‘The Time of Troubles’. The people were terrorised by war, famine and plague. Up to a third of them perished. Foreign troops occupied Moscow, Smolensk and Novgorod. But then, Russia fought back. Prince Pozharsky and a merchant, Kuzma Minin, led the Russian militia …