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Where did Russia come from? - Alex Gendler

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Russia is the biggest country in the world, spanning one-eighth of the earth’s landmass. But where did it all begin? Alex Gendler explores the epic history of the Kievan Rus, where characters ranging from Viking raiders and Western crusaders to Byzantine missionaries and Mongol hordes all played a role to create a unique civilization standing at the crossroads of culture and geography.

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  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Draško Ivezić
  • Composer Jure Buljević
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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Interested in learning a bit more about Kievan Rus and East Slavic history? Read a translation of Nestor’s ‘Primary Chronicle’, one of the main sources of East Slavic history, or check out the interactive timeline. Love Crash Course and John Green? Watch as he discusses: Russia, the Kievan Rus, and the Mongols. Watch it and learn more!

To learn more about Kievan Rus life, law, and society, take a look at the legal code known as ‘Russkaya Pravda’ or this description of their trade and crafts. Then, check out this overview of how the Mongol invasion changed Rus society, language and culture. Lastly, read a discussion of how different interpretations of this history persist into modern times.

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  • Director Draško Ivezić
  • Composer Jure Buljević
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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