Brief History Of Russia
Several people, including Asian Huns, Turkish Avars, and Asian Huns, invaded Russia over many centuries. Most parts of the Russian continent were inhabited by Eastern Slavs by 9th century. It was only after the advent of the Scandinavian warriors and traders called the Varangians that these fragmented groups of Eastern Slavs got united and formed the state of Russia.
Vladimir I, who ruled the state from year 980 to 1015, declared Christianity as the state’s common religion. As he himself followed Greek Orthodox Sacrament, the influence of the Byzantine culture was quite evident during this time. During the period between 1237 and 1240, numerous Russian cities were overrun and destroyed by the Tatars (Mongols) army led by Batu Khan. They established the great Golden Horde Empire, which remained in power in Russia until 1480, after which they were defeated by Dmitri Donskoi.
The outlook and culture of 17th century Russia was mainly medieval in nature. Increasing autonomy over peasants and land grants were offered as compensation to the nobles, who consequently became progressively more domineering over time. This made serfdom a legalized Russian tradition by 1649. The practice of enserfment reached heights by 18th century, giving rise to numerous aggressive peasant revolts, remarkably the ones led by Pugachev in 1773-1775 and by Stenka Razin in 1667-1671.More...
History Of Music In Russia
Russia, a country known worldwide for its rich heritage and cultural diversity, is home to numerous ethnic groups, each having its own distinctive form of local music. The history of music in Russia is marked by various important contributions from several groups of ethnic minorities, like the Ukrainians, Jewish, and the Gypsies at different points of time.
A vital milestone in the Russian history of music is the development of ‘Rus’, a distinctive musical culture of the medieval period that dates back to the 11th century. The most admired forms of music during this period included singing of epic ballads called ‘Bylinas’. Musical instruments that were most commonly used by musicians of this time included flutes, buben, treshchotka, gusli, and gudok. The Church’s sacred music, originated from Byzantine Empire, was clearly distinguished from secular music, used solely for entertainment purposes, during the period of Muscovy. While the former mainly featured choral singing and bell ringing, the latter featured the use of string instruments like fipple flutes. Secular music reached heights of popularity during Great Russian Schism, the reactionary period of the seventeenth century. More...
Russia History Timeline
Timeline of Russian history is marked by several facts and a plethora of interesting information about its bygone periods. Here is a brief and comprehensible list of most significant events and their corresponding dates, arranged in a chronological order:
1200s BC: Ukraine was inhabited by the Balkan people, called the Cimmerians.
700s BC: The Scythians of Iranian origin defeated the Cimmerians.
200 BC: The Scythians ceded Ukraine to the Samaritans, who brought in Roman and Greek influence to popular Ukrainian culture.More...