History of Russia Part 2

Epic History TV’s history of Russia continues! Emerging from the Time of Troubles, Russia fights back against foreign invaders, as Prince Pozharksy and Kuzma Minin liberate Moscow from Polish forces. Russia’s assembly, the Zemsky Sobor, turns to a 16 year old boy, Mikhail Romanov, for leadership. He and the early Romanovs oversee a turbulent period of war, reform and rebellion: all Russian peasants are made serfs by the terms of the Sobornoye Ulozheniye, while Patriarch Nikon’s religious reforms split the Russian Orthodox Church between Reformers and Old Believers. The Thirteen Years War (1654 – 67) against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth brings Smolensk and Kiev under Russian control, as Cossack renegade (and folklore hero) Stenka Razin leads revolt in the south.

In 1689, Peter the Great seizes power from his half-sister, Princess Regent Sofia. Peter is determined to make Russia a great European power, and travels to the Dutch Republic and England to study the latest developments in science and shipbuilding. He wages successful wars against the Ottoman Empire, acquiring the Black Sea port of Azov, and defeats Sweden in the Great Northern War, winning one of Russia’s most famous victories at Poltava in 1709. He builds a new capital, St.Petersburg, as well as a Russian navy, and reforms education, industry and government. Not without internal opposition, Peter’s boundless energy transforms Russia.

The second half of Russia’s 18th century is dominated by female rulers. Under the reign of Empress Anna Ioannovna, Vitus Bering charts the coast of Alaska and discovers the Aleutian Islands. Empress Elizabeth leads Russia into the Seven Years War against Frederick the Great, with Russian victory at Kunersdorf in 1759, and oversees construction of St.Petersburg’s stunningly lavish and expensive Winter Palace. While Peter III falls victim to a conspiracy by his wife Catherine and army officers, leading to his own death, and the reign of Catherine the Great..

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Recommended general histories of Russia (as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases):
Martin Sixsmith, Russia: A 1000 Year Chronicle of the Wild East
Orlando Figes, Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia
Robert Service, The Penguin History of Modern Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-first Century

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  1. Peter III was right. When Russia is allied with Germany, it is unassailable. When it is the enemy of Germany, the Atlanticist manipulators do what they will.
    That Cathrine "the great" and the puppetmasters that used her to get power spent her entire reign to slander Peter III does not change geopolitical fundamentals.

  2. I live in Russia an, know russian history well and need in practise. If you reply on comment, I can answer for your questions about russian history

  3. not Poland but Rzeczpospolita (Polish: Rzeczpospolita) – a federal state [6] [7] that arose as a result of the unification of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania on the basis of the Union of Lublin in 1569 and liquidated in 1795 with the division of its lands between Russia, Prussia and Austria. It was located mainly in the territories of modern Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania, and also partially in the territory of modern Russia, Latvia and Moldova.

  4. When Peter got fed up with the problems of government in Russia, he said, I will give up everything and go to Holland to work as an ordinary watchmaker.

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  6. The Ugro-finnic Russia was a vassal of Crimean Khanate until 1700 and then that year Russia (under title "Moscovia") appeared as an independent state for the first time in history. Kyivan Rus was actually Ukrainian country only! The first capital of Rus was Kyiv. Moscow was created in period of 1259-1272 by the Mongol Khan Mengu-Timur (Khan of the Golden Horde), and Moscovia (the modern Russia) as an ulus of Golden Horde was created in 1277 by the same Khan. The modern Russia is a true descendant of Golden Horde. According to the historical documents.

  7. Ivan VI as a child emperor could become a Russian version of Louis XIV and reign in power for long if he survived any forms of assassinations when Louis XIV ascended to the French throne as a child.

  8. 80% were serfs or slaves. Now we have people begging leaders to take that 80% in taxes and make them totally dependent on the state.
    Tsar translates to Caesar.

  9. Gentlemen, loving your creativity must say you have not made enough when worked on Russian history. First, you missed/ignored Rurik's origin. Rurik it's Russian style changed Norman name Roderick. That and other signs telling about Norman origin of Russians mixing with Slavs. There are founds of independent historians that ALL BEGAN when Normans started traveling with their flatboats from Ladoga lake and Souther down by Dnieper to Kiev, which has also Norman origin name. First Russians were kidnapped/taken as slaves by Normans and brought to Southern slaves markets, later the Russians themselves had traded slaves from their people.
    So please. be very careful when you referring to Russian official historian origins, keep in mind MOST of Russian history is falsified and today's regime makes it even much more.

  10. John 6:47 "verily, verily I say unto you, he that believes in me has everlasting life."-Jesus. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."- Acts 16:31.

  11. I teach the World History Survey class to college students.
    could you build a library of these videos to help build a scaffold of information on World History for these students?
    the videos do a great job of reinforcing the concepts we talk about in class

  12. Just a note, Peter the III was raised in Holstein (an ally of Sweden) and not Denmark, he even wanted to attack Denmark from Russia.


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