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Chapter 18 Outline (World Civilizations) The Rise Of Russia. What The Book Misses And What's Wrong In It.

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Alexander ZubarevChapter 18 outlineThe 1st sentence in the chapter is too basic. Russia's land empire was formed between 1480 and 1783, to be exact. Also, Poland continued to rival Russia until it got divided between three powers, Lithuania didn't. Instead, Russia and Poland competed for the influence of Lithuania, each demonstrating Orthodox and Catholic religions, respectively. Poland won the diplomatic battle, and pagan Lithuania became Catholic. However, Russia won the influence of Ukraine, and Ukraine became Orthodox. As a final result of these challenges, Lithuania was annexed and Poland divided--all by Catherine the Great. Anyway, I was correct in saying in Chapter 9 that the culture of Kievan Rus' was more boring than that of the Byzantine Empire. This is correct, but the latter is gone for more than 450 years now, while Russia stands to this day."Mongol control never reshaped basic Russian values, for the rulers were interested in tribute, not full government." Correct. In Chapter 9 outline, I said that it is important not to place too much emphasis on Mongol rule in Russia, and this quote proves my point of view.Ivan the Great liberated most of Russia from the Mongol rule, assumed control of ALL Orthodox churches, and was the 1st official czar (tsar) of the Russian people. He is worthy of being titled "Great". Unlike his successor, he also restored the economy (not by conquest), previously destroyed by the Mongols.Ivan the Terrible is definitely worthy of the title "Terrible", although not by means that most people think of. The book talks about the negative aspects of the czar, but there were just as many (if not more), positive characteristics. True, in the 2nd part of his reign, he killed nobility, being the first version of Stalin. Just like Stalin, he was also paranoid. However, unlike Stalin, he never killed some 20,000,000 of ordinary, innocent people. He actually went out of Moscow because he was afraid of conspiracy. However, both nobles and the people still liked and supported him for his previous accomplishments (which I'll soon describe), so he returned to Moscow. When he returned, though, he had little hair, which meant that he suffered another mental breakdown (he ripped his hair out of his head). Yet even during the 2nd part of his reign, he accomplished the task of forming the 1st Russian "secret police". Future czars would use them in the future, and it was this police that stopped many rebellions and prevented assassinations of the czars.Now let's talk about the 1st part of his reign. He was "terrible" to Russian nobles, but he was also "terrible" to Russia's enemies. Now Russia was finished defending the land from the Mongols! Now she was ready to attack! The 1st civilization destroyed by the Russians was the Khanate of Kazan', and Ivan the Terrible participated in the battle. His army killed 43,000 Mongols. Russians used explosives to destroy the city walls! Ivan the Terrible succeeded in wiping out a whole...

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