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    The origins of Kievan Rus’ have been the subject of scholarly debate for some time. Mainly this has been framed under the Normanist question. This inquiry asks, did the Varangians organize political and social order in the Rus’ lands, or was there a sociopolitical infrastructure in place upon arrival? Eve Levin’s article “Childbirth in Pre-Petrine Russia: Canon Law and Popular Traditions” describes the connection between the Slavic pagan rituals and Orthodox Christian theology present during childbirth in medieval Russia, using the term “dvoeverie” which means dual-belief. Does Levin’s article also help us answer the Normanist question? This essay will argue it does, and along with the Primary Chronicle it also provides evidence for the anti-Normanist…

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    In The Primary Chronicles, the establishment of Christianity is strategic via the characterization of two female characters, Anna and Olga. In Kievan Rus’, women are expected to be passive; they must serve their husband and worship God. The concept of passivity is widely associated with Christianity whereas activity is perceived to be pagan. Anna is a representative of this ideal because she accepts Vladimir’s marriage proposal in exchange for the conversion of Rus. Olga, on the contrary,…

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    The Influence of Byzantine Culture on the Russian Religious Faith and Literature Byzantine heritage was the source of cultural life for Kievan Rus. Later, the territories known as Russian Empire, adopted the main principles of faith borrowed from Rus which developed into the whole system of philosophical views. Despite the fact that Byzantium fell in sixteen century, its cultural legacy continues existing today and it takes its rightful place in world culture. The main contribution of the…

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    789 - Vikings begin their attacks on England. 800 - The Oseberg Viking longship is buried about this time. 840 - Viking settlers found the city of Dublin in Ireland. 844 - A Viking raid on Seville is repulsed. 860 - Rus Vikings attack Constantinople (Istanbul). 862 - Novgorod in Russia is founded by the Rus Viking, Ulrich. 866 - Danish Vikings establish a kingdom in York, England. 871 - Alfred the Great becomes king of Wessex; the Danish advance is halted in England. 872 - Harald I gains…

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    The unwise sons Yuroslov the wise indirectly united Russia. It started off with encountering the Mongols at the Battle of the Kalka River, and ended with defeating the Mongols about three centuries later. The disorder of Kievan Rus, bowed before the immense strength of the Mongolian Empire. The provinces were constantly fighting for dominance, power, and resources, while wasting resources by doing so. Their princes destroyed the country by depleting it resources for the most brainless of things.…

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    were scared of being persecuted. Some Christians had to hide their faith and practice it secretly. However, after Constantine adopted Christianity and syncretized it with original Roman aspects, everything changed. Christians weren’t persecuted anymore and they could practice their religion openly. This also brought many new converts to Christianity because Romans who wanted to be Christian could convert without being afraid. This saw a major increase in conversions, which caused more churches…

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    One of the particularities of Russian intelligence is continuity, loyalty to the best traditions of the services preceding it. Former KGB officer Nikolai Patrushev said in 1999, “The roots of the native special services go back into the depths of the centuries, to the times of the birth and formation of the centralized Russian state.” One of the West’s foremost experts on Russian history, Dr. Richard Pipes writes, “Russia is committed to authoritarian government.” A strong, centralized…

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    Russian Orthodox Religion

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    Needless to say, the origin of church in Russia traces back to the time of Kievan Rus where Prince Vladimir in 988 made Christianity the state religion of Russia. In the 14th century Moscow was made the capital with the threat of the Mongol Tatars. During this period the church experience its status till the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Further from 1589 to 1721, the church was under the Patriarch. With the abolishment of the Patriarch, an ecclesiastical body known as Holy Synod was formed…

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    reason the Vikings kept attacking Paris, was that Paris bribed the Vikings every time they attacked and of course the Vikings took the bribe. The name ‘Vikings’ means ‘a pirate raid’ in the Old Norse language.They are famous for trading with other countries and sailing huge distances from their home in Scandinavia:( known as Denmark, Norway and Sweden nowadays) between the year of 800 and 1066 A.D.. their raids were dreading and longevity. Vikings were also explorers and skilled…

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    envoys were known to have visited Byzantium first, Scandinavians began serving as mercenaries to the service of the Byzantine Empire. In the late 10th century, a new unit of the imperial bodyguard formed known as the Varangian Guards. There’s also archaeological evidence that Vikings had reached to Baghdad, which was the center of the Islamic Empire. Now generally speaking I’d like to say that the Norwegians extended their power over the north and westwards reaching to places such as Ireland,…

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