Ch 1: Early Russian History

About This Chapter

The Early Russian History chapter of this History of Russia: Help and Review course is the simplest way to master early Russian history. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of early Russian history.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering early Russian history material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about early Russian history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the geography of Russia or the establishment of the Rurik dynasty
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about early Russian history
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Early Russian History chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Early Russian History chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any early Russian history question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an early Russian history unit of a standard history of Russia course. Topics covered include:

  • Russia's climate
  • The Slavic tribes of Russia
  • The formation, decline and fragmentation of Kievan Rus
  • The Grand Duchy of Moscow
  • The Mongol invasion
  • Changes in Russian culture and religion
  • The Tatar Yoke and the resurgence of Russian culture
  • Russian tsars
  • The events that preceded the fall of the Mongol empire

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Early Russian History
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How Geography & Climate Impacted Russia's Early History

1. How Geography & Climate Impacted Russia's Early History

Sure, it's cold in Russia. However, cold weather alone could not forge the type of civilization that the Rus developed. This lesson explains how geography and climate were actually on the side of the Russians throughout their early history.

Early East Slavic Tribes in Russia

2. Early East Slavic Tribes in Russia

Before the Grand Duchy of Moscow or even Kievan Rus, the East Slavs settled in what is now Western Russia. But who were they? Where did they come from? And what was their connection with the Vikings? This lesson answers those questions and more.

Kievan Rus: Formation & Major Events of the Early Years

3. Kievan Rus: Formation & Major Events of the Early Years

During the ninth and tenth centuries, a massive state grew to dominate much of Eastern Europe. Ancestors to Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians, the Kievan Rus were a combination of Slavic and Viking influences.

The Fragmentation & Decline of Kievan Rus

4. The Fragmentation & Decline of Kievan Rus

The Kievan Rus were once a large federation of some of the fiercest and richest Europeans around. So how did it collapse so quickly? It turns out that the key to its wealth, especially its relationship with Constantinople, would be its undoing.

Establishment of the Grand Duchy of Moscow

5. Establishment of the Grand Duchy of Moscow

Believe it or not, the Mongols helped Moscow to not only become the most powerful city in Russia, but also to eventually unite the Russians against their foreign occupiers! This lesson explains how.

The Mongol Invasion of Russia in the 13th Century

6. The Mongol Invasion of Russia in the 13th Century

The Mongols built an empire that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea. One of the richest parts of that empire was the land of the Rus - but how did the Mongols conquer it so quickly? This lesson examines how, as well as how the Mongols ruled their new territory.

How Russian Religion Changed Under Mongol Rule

7. How Russian Religion Changed Under Mongol Rule

While you may first think that an institution like religion would have struggled under the Mongols, in fact, the Russian Orthodox Church took advantage of Mongol practices in order to become even stronger than before.

How Russian Culture Changed Under Mongol Rule

8. How Russian Culture Changed Under Mongol Rule

Having a foreign army around can really change a place's culture. However, the Rus (an early Russian culture) managed to make the best of having the Mongols around, emphasizing those cultural areas that the Mongols didn't care about to ensure that their identity thrived.

Russian Princes During the 13th & 14th Centuries

9. Russian Princes During the 13th & 14th Centuries

The leaders of Russia would have to wait until the fifteenth century to claim the title of Tsar, however, the leader of the Grand Duchy of Moscow was acting with more and more power with each passing generation.

The Collapse of Mongol Rule in Russia

10. The Collapse of Mongol Rule in Russia

For more than 200 years, the Mongolian Golden Horde ruled much of the lands of the Rus. This lesson looks at how the Rus slowly and methodically expelled them from their lands.

Chapter Practice Exam
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