The Animated History of Russia | Part 1

Russia is the largest country on Earth, spanning an incredible 17 millions square kilometers. But if you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering how it got so big, and how it has become such a powerful political and social entity in our modern world It not only takes the title of largest and most popular country and city in Europe, but also stretches far beyond Europe, across the Ural Mountains range into Asia. Taking up the largest portion of the continent. Principle history of the eastern Europe began with the people the greek Writers called “Slavs” The first russian state was founded when a Group of eastern Slavs late known as “The Rus'”, elected a Viking chieftain to be their prince in 882 In the area between the Volga and Dnieper river basins. The state was soon expanded into the lands once held by the nomadic steppe people from Asia The most important city they captured was Kiev, which is why historians refer to this part of Russia’s history as the “Kievan Rus'” The Rus’ spoke a Language called “Proto eastern-Slavic”, which would slowly evolve into Russian and Ukranian The medieval Rus’ state adopted Christianity in 988, when Vladimir I introduced the religion from the orthodox christian Byzantine Empire This is also why the Russians use the cyrillic rather than the latin alphabet, common in most catholic nations. The Rus’ state slowly fragmented into competing princedoms, largely aided by the Death of Yarolsav the Wise in XI century. The Rus’ were often at war with the nomadic tribes we will just call for simplicity’s sakes “Steppe Peoples” These steppe peoples are integral to much of the history of Asia and you’ll see various facts on them popping up on all over the place. Most steppe peoples originated from the Euariasan Steppes. Go and figure. And they were very good at horse riding and archery, such as the Volga Bulgars, Khazars and Kipchaks So with that out of the way we can talk about the Mongols, who the Rus’ called Tartars. Under Genghis and Batu Khan, they invaded all the way into Western Kievan Rus’ and established a state called “The Golden Horde” With the Rus’ princedoms as their Vassals The Mongol Empire quickly fracted into smaller khanates, along for the growth of more powerful states such as Poland, Lithuania, and the grand Duchy of Moscow. By 1480, both states absorded much of the Golden Horde, becoming more rivals with each other, then with the Tartars. By 1547, Moscow had become a regional power, with Ivan the Terrible being crowned the first Tsar, the russian word for “Caesar”. After all they did see themselves as the spiritual successors of the Romans, and the last remnant of the orthodox christianity. Debatable. Ivan also renamed the state “Russia”, after the Rus’, who inhabited it. In 1580, Russia conquered the khanates of Sibir, marking the first time Russia had expanded east of the Ural Mountains into Asia. The Russians renamed the mysterious lands “Siberia”, after the khanate had conquered. And do you think they stopped there? Well, spoiler alert: NO. In 1601 the Russians faced a succession crisis as the beginning of the Time of Trobules. The country was in anarchy. And in danger of being absorbed by Poland Up to 1 of 3 of population died, either due to war famine or plague. By 1613, the Russiand elected Mikhail Romanov as the new Tsar, established in the Romanov dynasty for the rest of the country’s history. Mikhail ended the wars and began a slow process of rebuilding the fragmented country From this point until the XIX century, Russia’s economy was propped up by serfdom, effectilvely protecting Russia’s rich and powerful by turning all the peasants into hereditary slaves. Yeah, history sucks sometimes. By 1667, Russia had become powerful enough to win the Russo-Polish war with the help of the subjugated steppe peoples called “Cossacks” They expanded their territory into southeast, and part of Poland. The poles in the Russia had informally nicknamed the area “Ukrania”, derived from an old slavic word, “Borderland”. Get it because it was the border between Russia, Polands and the Cossacks. Very creative. Anyway, One of Russia’s most famous Tsar was Peter the Great. Peter was a reformer. He modernized the army, built the Empire’s first navy, traveled the west and brought back ideas and technology of the enlightenment And also fashionable French cloathing He also expanded Russia’s influence in the Black and Baltic seas. The guy was basically in love with the west. After capturing the baltic sea port from the Swedish Empire, and the Great Northen War, Peter built a new city and founded it as the country’s new capital. Saint Petersburg. Russia also fought in the Seven Years War vying for power with the european neighbours. Another formidable Russian ruler was Catherine the Great. Who was… Well.. not really russian at all, she was born in Germany. And she killed her husband and seized the throne for herself Her reign was one of reform and domination of the Crimean Khanate, as well as openly embracing the enlightment. In the mid XVIII century, the polish government collapsed due to a parliamentary limber. And the surrounding Austria, Prussia and Russia, split the country in three, during the Polish Partitions, effectively wiping the country off the map for the next century. Just in time for the Napoleonic Wars. Russia, just like the other europeans monarchies of the time, feared the repercussion of the french revolution. And joined the second, third, and fourth coalitions against Napoleon But they usually lost pretty badly. The french army captured the abandoned Moscow in 1812. However, the Russians would not surrender, preferring to burn the fields that the French hoped to leave off. After waiting a few months, Napoleon retreated from Russia due to lack of supplies before considering the Russians surrender. And when the snow set in and killed most of the french army, the tide was turned in Russia’s favor. Russia’s territorial gains had become so ambitious, that it triggered a war with france and england, who helped the ottomans in the crimean war. In 1861 Russia abolished serfdom in an event now known as the emancipation Also, in the period between Napoleon and the emancipation, it’s worthwhile to know that Russia expanded its territory into Turkestan, China the Southern Caucasus, Finland and Russian America And were not for the Crimean war, they almost certainly would have won the entire black sea They really loved land. In 1894, Tsar Nicholas II and the mystic Rasputin, who people thought secretly controlled him, became the last emperor of Russia. There were revolts against the political system for many decades and monarchy was slowly losing its power As an ally of Serbia, Russia aimed to protect the Baltic Slavs from the Astro-Hungarian invasion during World War I. The chaos and famine of the war led to the two Russian Revolutions The first opposed the Tsar and set up the provincial government, highly influenced by the Soviets. The Soviets were basically workers unions inspired by Marxisism. Vladimir Lenin’s bolshievik party came to power in the soviets and seized power in the october revolution, creating the R.S.F.S.R. And the Russian civil war between the reds and the whites The civil war led to the breakaway of Poland and Baltic States and Finland. In 1922, the R.S.F.S.R. was renamed the U.S.S.R., a much catchier name. After the Death of Lenin, Russia’s most famous communist era dictator came to power, Joseph Stalin Born in the old Russian Empire now modern-day Georgia, Stalin was an aggressive expansionist, go and figure. He had aims of spreading communism throughout the world He also resented Russia’s territorial losses during the civil war He killed an exiled millions of people he deemed anti-revolutionary With failed diplomacy with the western european nations, Stalin entered into the non-aggression pact with the Nazi-Germany Hoping to regain much of the land lost in the first World War in Poland and Baltic Sea On the 1st and 17th of September, Germany and Russia invaded and divided Poland in two, beginning the second World War Originally, in an uneasy alliance with Hitler, the tide of war turned with Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union. The invasion killed more troops than any other theatre of battle and German’s armies came just 24 kilometers from Moscow However the winter blizzard set in, turning the battle in the Soviets’ favor. After the defeat of nazi germanies, Stalin held on to the Soviets occupied territories, enveloping them into the USSR or creating communist puppet states. The western allies treated the Soviet block with suspicion, in which Soviet developed nuclear weapons and became one of the most powerful nations in history The USSR was the first nation to put a man in space during the American-Soviet space race After decades of poverty and political unrest, as well as involvement in numerous proxy wars with united states, the USSR finally collapsed Under the weight of the one party communist state The Russian Federation was formed as a nearly democratic republic The two most important easter block states, Poland and East Germany, broke away from russian control And the eastern part of Russia also broke away, to form two new countries Belarus, or “White Russia”, and Ukraine The rise of Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, into the prime ministry and presidency of Russia, brought with it renewed foreign policy Putin became involved in the Syrian civil war, the east Russian separatism movement in Ukraine and the politics of many eastern-europeans countries Modern day Russia’s future is uncertain, as is the motives of its leader. However, the nation is in a state of peace, will be hosting the football world cup in 2018, and is emerging once again as a world superpower. Thanks for watching everyone, please like and subscribe. If you’re interested in my animation of country history, you can click here to watch more episodes, and if you’re interested in helping a startup animator like me you can also pledge me a dollar over at patreon To keep the channel going. Remember to always be on the lookup for steepe peoples on the horizon, until next time guys. subtitles made by drybones, will do the italian ones asap

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  • What's the background music, tell me plox

  • В ролике не говорится что: Золотая орда не просто так сама развалилась; в Крымскую войну западные союзники оккупировали российские территории, осаждая Севастополь; не упомянуты войны с Турцией, Первая мировая, Японская; во время революции и гражданской войны западные союзники оккупировали российские территории в различных частях страны, а затем вывезли многомиллиардные богатства; прибалтийские страны, воспользовавшись гражданской войной, заняли наши западные территории, а не они вышли из состава России по своему желанию; многие страны не признавали СССР, Германия признала – поэтому с ней развивались союзнические отношения до прихода нацистов к власти; Англия, Франция и США мечтали столкнуть в войне Германию и СССР поэтому закрывали глаза на захват немцами суверенных территорий (Мюнхенский сговор), что и спровоцировало Вторую Мировую войну; СССР победил нацистов не из-за мороза, а из-за огромного усилия и героизма советского народа; США спонсировали боевиков и террористов Афганистана, в котором СССР вел войну, из-за чего террористическое движение развилось; в Сирии Россия находится законно, по приглашению сирийской власти, в отличии от западных "партнёров", и помогает сирийской армии бороться с террористами, которые выросли за счёт США; на Украине, как и во многих других странах, совершилась революция, поддерживаемая все мы знаем кем, Россия воспользовавшись ситуацией вернула свои исторические земли в Крыму; Россия помогала ополченцам на востоке Украины, которые были вынуждены защищать свои земли от украинской армии, но официально там Российских войск, что подтверждается Минскими соглашениями. Но в общих чертах верно. Автор молодец, что решил сделать такое видео, но беда в том, что он слабо разобрался в теме и взял информацию из западных источников, в которых естественно все эти факты не указаны.

  • Thanks for the video. If anything I have learned during my living and studying in the U.S. is that the U.S. viewpoint on history is VERY biased. Especially, when it comes to WW2. Soviets lost over 24 million people, including women and children who without a doubt sacrificed their lives for the freedom from NAZI. The heroism of ordinary USSR people, even children was incredible. Read the stories of Alexander Matrosov, Zinaida Portnova or Valentin Kotyk to get an idea. There is not a village or a town, or a family that cannot share a story of bravery, courage, and complete self-sacrifice. The Victory day on May 9th is our national holiday when we remember our grandparents and great grandparents who fought for freedom from Nazi from June 22, 1941, till May 9, 1945. It was ridiculous when my U.S. friends would point out to that short-term agreement of 1939 between Stalin and Hitler which is sufficient, of course, to conclude that the USSR was on the Nazi's side… People would actually tell me that!!. Some are confident that the U.S. troops defeated the Nazis and the biggest tragedy of the war was the Holocaust with 6 million innocent victims. Holocaust was a horrible, horrible tragedy indeed… but for USSR it was secondary since the loss and the suffering in the USSR itself was so devastating and ubiquitous.

  • Greetings to my Russian Slavic cousins! From a half polish girl in America 🇷🇺🇺🇸

  • Guys,dont believe him,this video is just a big lie.

  • How does it feel that your first ruler was a Scandinavian?

  • From Bulgaria not from Byzantine

  • 5:36 *Balkan slavs

  • Soviet forever

  • Кароче хорошо сделоно!

  • “we can talk about mongols who the rus call tatars”? tf? tatars and mongols is not same nation . one of them is turkic one of them just mongol. btw kipchaks,khazars are also turkic

  • Catherine didn't actually kill her husband herself though it is debatable that she hired someone to do it. But she didn't kill her husband to sieze the throne. Her husband actually abdicated.

  • I’m actually very interested in Russian history. I am an American, but I honestly can’t wait till I’m older and have enough money so I can travel to different countries! And trust me, Russia’s on my travel list! Right now I’m trying to learn how to speak Russian and learn the anthem by heart

  • What about lew Trocki ?

  • 7:00 но сраная русская зима опять помешала объединённой Европе поделить незаконно, да что уж там — незаслуженно! оккупированную русскими территорию. Ведь русские действительно любят землю (5:20) и та отвечает нам взаимностью.

    7:00 but f*cking Rusiian Winter has broke united Europe's plans for redistribute illegally occupied by Russians lands. Again. Because Russians really love land (5:20) and it loves us back.

    PS: как же их от Сталина-то корёжит, а ведь так ровно шли.

  • Balkan, not Baltic slavs (Serbia)

  • 0:50 lmao she speaks broken Russian xD
    If she wants to say "I have a boyfriend" it would be like this: "u mena yest' paren'" not like this: "u mena yest' drug".

  • Russian power = not nukes / other weapons
    But WINTERS ⛄❄️

  • Great video!

  • 7:10 Do you hear the crackling noise in the background?
    The year when that noise occurs is 1945. Which is the time US dropped the nuclear bombs on japan. And that crackling sound is a reference to the radiation that occurs after the impact…
    Or am i just crazy?

  • When soviet broken up there were not only Belarus and Ukraine, There emerged republics such as Armenia,Azerbaijan,Belarus,Estonia,Georgia,Kazakhstan,Kyrgyzstan,Latvia,Lithuania,Moldova,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan,Ukraine,Uzbekistan…
    I wonder why all these videos concerning history have to ALWAYS miss some VERY important points…

  • ay suibhne can u do a video on on hungry

  • please 😎

  • i love your videos 😊

  • History of Portugal pls

  • Казахи порабощенные степные народы… Найс…

  • Thanks for the great video. I wish there were more explanation/stories about the eastern parts though. It focuses pretty much only with Europe since the 1400-1600s ish while sometimes saying oh yeah, they also conquered this huge land eastwards but without telling what happened there. Could you do a part 2 that focuses on the Asian expansion?

  • Есть очень много нюансов про "славян, русских, украинцев" и тд. В целом складывается неправильное мнение о нас "русских".

  • What about the winter war

  • the colors on your map are annoying as fuk. good video tho

  • “Simplified” Videos like this just increase stereotypes and distorting the history. Every detail is important, especially in history.

  • Where is islands on the map?

  • Can you do one on Georgia the country (not gonna lie writing this comment is a waste of time)

  • awesome!!! Top!

  • Cathrine the great revolted against her husband he was killed by an assassin that she pardoned. It was a few years after and it isn't proven that she sent the assassin to kill him

  • Нихуя не понял, че он там пиздит, но анимация прикольная, а когда был Михаил Романов? Я такого даже не помню Царя. Александры, Павлы были а Михаила не помню.

  • Put the history of philiphines

  • Philiphines please

  • Why life of Boris music, just why……..

  • They aren’t at peace they are fighting in Ukraine just without their patches

  • Хорошо, что есть субтитры! 🙂

  • The USSR under Stalin was hardly Socialist and definitely not Communist.

  • Интересно,интересно

  • Cyrillic alphabet along with the Old Slavonic originates in the Bulgarian Empire and the FIRST TSAR (ЦАРь) is Boris I of Bulgaria (852–889)

  • Many really important events are omitted or not mentioned in this video:
    1. Mongol occupation of Rus (1280-1480)
    2. Polish occupation of Moscow (1611-1612)
    3. The Northern War with Sweden (1700-1721)
    4. The Soviet campaign in Afghanistan (1979-1989)

    Also, you didn’t tell us anything about battles of Kiev, Stalingrad and Kursk – these were the turning points of the whole WW2.

    It’s a shame that such a channel dares to explain the history it doesn’t even understand…

  • cyka blyat

  • You forgot to mention their conquest of the US in 2016.

  • Еее, а я то русский.

  • Those in power are of the fallen angels.The Phesants are of the lost tribes of Israel.Read Daniel 9 and Psalm 106 KJV.Israel broke God`s covenant,and kept on in their sins.All through the bible,God gives his own people,Israel over into the hands of their enemies and into bondage,for their sins.Isaiah 58 LKV.Cry aloud,spare not.Tell my people their transgressions.The House of Jacob their sins.False god worship,sacrafising to false gods,idolatry and occultism.This the real lost tribes of Israel,are still doing to this very day.The majority.The entire word celebrates the black giant Nimrod`s birthday on dec 25th.Read Lamentations 5 KjV.Tell me,if you think the fake jews,who rule the entire world sound like God`s people in Lamentations 5 kJV?Pray Deuteronomy 333,Lamentations 5,pray Daniel`sprayer,Pray Solomon`s prayer.Pray the psalms.The real word of God,the (king James bible) has been replaced with fake NWO bibles in most churches.Witches are taking out people`s souls and demons control the masses.See these videos by win Worley,The FRagmented soul,Loosing spirits of God,his mass deliverance videos.See the video Routing demons by John EChardt.REPENT,before it is to late.

  • Crimea is Ukraine!

  • You forgot to talk about the winter war 1939-1940

  • It's not United Socialist Soviet Republics, but rather Union of Socialist Soviet Republics.

  • could u reverse the country colors

  • why would you color land blue and water a tan parchment? are you TRYING to confuse people? Boo.

  • Hay que ser un cabeza hueca para creer que solo el invierno "salvo" a los soviéticos de las tropas de Alemania.

  • Hay que ser un cabeza hueca para creer que solo el invierno "salvo" a los soviéticos de las tropas de Alemania.

  • Hay que ser un cabeza hueca para creer que solo el invierno "salvo" a los soviéticos de las tropas de Alemania.

  • Hay que ser un cabeza hueca para creer que solo el invierno "salvo" a los soviéticos de las tropas de Alemania.

  • Who’s great idea was it to colour the land blue? Lmao

  • Müsli. OK.

  • What are the lobes in the pants of these sprites?

  • Kiev is the home of the Kievan Rus and the Ukrainian Capital

  • stalin didn't want the whole world to be communist that's trotsky

  • Блять, столько пиздеца в этом видео, где Московия????????? Сначала была она, а потом уже "Россия"

  • I’m still trying wonder what are those lumps on them. Penises?

  • why are you use light blue as land masses ?
    And Parchment brown as land ?
    Wouldn't the opposite be better ?

  • It is the history of Boris

  • Tsar Alexander made it all the way to Paris D:

  • Don't worry brothers Russians only almost 8 000 American pigs disliked the video … Love from your only Slavic orthodox brothers from Balkan !


  • 3:54 creepy because my friend peter just messaged me once you said this.

  • Я славянин, но я желаю сжечь москву: она жрет ресурсы всех регионов и срёт в соседние с ней, при этом всём дерьме процветает коррупция, власть в стране захватила диктатура, инфраструктура россии стоит на месте с 1948 года, а правящая партия продолжает эту блядскую централизацию, что в российских условиях равно унижению 70% населения, отдельное слово по поводу рпц: коррумпированные твари при проезде которых на своих ссаных кортежах перекрывают для них трассы и не выпускают скорую помощь, также ссаное православие уничтожило историю восточных славян до принятия блядской веры, власть не скрывает уже своё истинное отношение к населению, 1 Ноября введут "северокорейский интернет", сраный нэвэльный не призывает к перекрытию трасс а мол "просто выйдем на улицу может собянин отреагирует", власть устроила этническую войну на Украине, оккупировала 30% территорий Грузии, в чечне лучше вообще не видеть что происходит, в общем пиздец

  • Ну что за ложь, Сталин сослал 3426237846 триллиардов человек в ГУЛАГ, достоврено известно.
    p.s. начиная с 1900-х годов – начинается чистая ложь/пропаганда. Сталин супер зло, немцы испугались холода и побежали к мамочке в Берлин и прочие ахуительные истории.

  • Did the Slavs have adidas?

  • Taking moscow still wouldn't have made the Soviets surrender

  • tatars and mongols are completely different groups

  • so Russians are immune to cold and blizzards?

  • One of the worlds biggest army vs precipitated crystalized water

  • Do Vietnam

  • You make Queen Catherine look so bad, she didn't even kill her husband!

  • Невежда! Что за некорректная информация? Что ты споришь по поводу правоприемственности православия? Петр великий не любил европу а говорил лишь что там есть чему учиться. Сейчас там учиться не стоит. Т.к. стала слишком либеральной и извращенной. За собой следите лезут сами во все дыры еще выеживаются. Пиздаболы

  • great video but you could have involved the execution of the Romanov family

  • Too quickly.

  • So if I go to Ukrainia I'll find a vault full of loot get it because Ukrainia is a Slavic word for Borderland as in borderlands

  • USSR 2.0 is coming guys

  • USSR defeat German because winter
    4 years of winter?

  • 4:05 What the heck?! She dont kill him

  • Спасибо за видио I Russian

  • This dude is British he says Moscow different to Americans BTW I'm British

  • if the sea is blue ,may better

  • 5:37-Dammit it's Balkan, not Baltic. you make educational videos.I mean really????

  • Эм… Ну ладно

  • Poor Poland

  • did a blizzard won in WWII?

  • Чо пасаны , чей Крым ?

  • А как в Питере (Лененград) блокада была не кто и не сказал

  • Winter? Are you seriously?

  • Kazakhstan

  • Gut

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