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Kievan Russia

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

in Russian Identities

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156508
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199868230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156508.003.0003
Kievan Russia

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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

Chapter.  7535 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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