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Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
(Old East Slavic: Рѹ́сь (Rus'), Рѹ́сьскаѧ землѧ (Rus'skaya zemlya), Latin: Rus(s)ia, Ruscia, Ruzzia, Rut(h)enia,[2][3]) was a loose federation[4] of East Slavic tribes in Europe
Europe
from the late 9th to the mid-13th century,[5] under the reign of the Rurik
Rurik
dynasty. The modern peoples of Belarus, Russia
Russia
and Ukraine
Ukraine
all claim Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
as their cultural ancestors,[6] with Belarus
Belarus
and Russia
Russia
deriving their names from it. At its greatest extent in the mid-11th century, it stretched from the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
in the north to the Black Sea
Black Sea
in the south and from the headwaters of the Vistula
Vistula
in the west to the Taman Peninsula
Taman Peninsula
in the east,[7][8] uniting the majority of East Slavic tribes.[4] According to Russian historiography
Russian historiography
the first ruler to start uniting East Slavic lands into what has become known as Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
was Prince Oleg (882–912). He extended his control from Novgorod
Novgorod
south along the Dnieper
Dnieper
river valley to protect trade from Khazar incursions from the east,[4] and he moved his capital to the more strategic Kiev. Sviatoslav I (died 972) achieved the first major expansion of Kievan Rus' territorial control, fighting a war of conquest against the Khazars. Vladimir the Great
Vladimir the Great
(980–1015) introduced Christianity with his own baptism and, by decree, extended it to all inhabitants of Kiev and beyond. Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
reached its greatest extent under Yaroslav the Wise (1019–1054); his sons assembled and issued its first written legal code, the Rus' Justice, shortly after his death.[9] The state declined beginning in the late 11th century and during the 12th century, disintegrating into various rival regional powers.[10] It was further weakened by economic factors such as the collapse of Rus' commercial ties to Byzantium due to the decline of Constantinople[11] and the accompanying diminution of trade routes through its territory. The state finally fell to the Mongol invasion of the 1240s.

Contents

1 Name 2 History

2.1 Origin 2.2 Invitation of the Varangians 2.3 Foundation of the Kievan state 2.4 Early foreign relations

2.4.1 Volatile steppe politics 2.4.2 Rus'– Byzantine
Byzantine
relations 2.4.3 Sviatoslav

2.5 Reign of Vladimir and Christianisation 2.6 Golden age 2.7 Fragmentation and decline

2.7.1 Novgorod
Novgorod
Republic 2.7.2 Northeast 2.7.3 Southwest

2.8 Final disintegration

3 Economy 4 Society 5 Historical assessment 6 Foreign relations

6.1 Turco-Mongols 6.2 Byzantine
Byzantine
Empire 6.3 Military campaigns

7 Administrative divisions 8 Principal cities 9 Religion 10 See also

10.1 History

11 References 12 Sources 13 Further reading 14 References 15 External links

Name[edit] Main articles: Rus' (name)
Rus' (name)
and Ruthenia During its existence, Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
was known as the "land of the Rus'" (Old East Slavic: Рѹ́сьскаѧ землѧ, from the ethnonym Рѹ́сь; Greek: Ῥῶς; Arabic: الروس‎ al-Rūs), in Greek as Ῥωσία, in Old French as Russie, Rossie, in Latin as Russia (with local German spelling variants Ruscia and Ruzzia), and from the 12th century also Ruthenia.[2] Various etymologies have been proposed, including Ruotsi, the Finnish designation for Sweden, and Ros, a tribe from the middle Dnieper
Dnieper
valley region.[12] The term Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
(Ки́евская Русь Kievskaya Rus’) was coined in the 19th century in Russian historiography
Russian historiography
to refer to the period when the centre was in Kiev.[13] In English, the term was introduced in the early 20th century, when it was found in the 1913 English translation of Vasily Klyuchevsky's A History of Russia,[14] to distinguish the early polity from successor states, which were also named Rus. Later, the Russian term was rendered into Belarusian and Ukrainian as Кіеўская Русь (Kijeŭskaja Rus’) and Ки́ївська Русь (Kyivs'ka Rus’), respectively. History[edit] Origin[edit] See also: Rus' Khaganate Prior to the emergence of Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
in the 9th century AD, the lands between the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
and Black Sea
Black Sea
were primarily populated by eastern Slavic tribes.[15] In the northern region around Novgorod
Novgorod
were the Ilmen Slavs[16] and neighboring Krivichi, who occupied territories surrounding the headwaters of the West Dvina, Dnieper, and Volga Rivers. To their north, in the Ladoga and Karelia
Karelia
regions, were the Finnic Chud
Chud
tribe. In the south, in the area around Kiev, were the Poliane, a group of Slavicized tribes with Iranian origins,[17] the Drevliane to the west of the Dnieper, and the Severiane to the east. To their north and east were the Vyatichi, and to their south was forested land settled by Slav farmers, giving way to steppelands populated by nomadic herdsmen.

Approximate ethno-linguistic map of Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
in the 9th century: Five Volga Finnic groups of the Merya, Mari, Muromians, Meshchera and Mordvins
Mordvins
are shown as surrounded by the Slavs
Slavs
to the west; the three Finnic groups of the Veps, Ests and Chuds, and Indo-European Balts
Balts
to the northwest; the Permians
Permians
to the northeast the (Turkic) Bulghars
Bulghars
and Khazars
Khazars
to the southeast and south.

Controversy persists over whether the Rus' were Varangians
Varangians
(Vikings) or Slavs. This uncertainty is due largely to a paucity of contemporary sources. Attempts to address this question instead rely on archaeological evidence, the accounts of foreign observers, and legends and literature from centuries later.[18] To some extent the controversy is related to the foundation myths of modern states in the region.[19] According to the "Normanist" view, the Rus' were Scandinavians, while Russian and Ukrainian nationalist historians generally argue that the Rus' were themselves Slavs.[20][21][22] Normanist theories focus on the earliest written source for the East Slavs, the Primary Chronicle,[23] although even this account was not produced until the 12th century.[24] Nationalist accounts have suggested that the Rus' were present before the arrival of the Varangians,[25] noting that only a handful of Scandinavian words can be found in modern Russian and that Scandinavian names in the early chronicles were soon replaced by Slavic names.[26] Nevertheless, archaeological evidence from the area suggests that a Scandinavian population was present during the 10th century at the latest.[27] On balance, it seems likely that the Rus' proper were a small minority of Scandinavians who formed an elite ruling class, while the great majority of their subjects were Slavs.[26] Considering the linguistic arguments mounted by nationalist scholars, if the proto-Rus' were Scandinavians, they must have quickly become nativized, adopting Slavic languages and other cultural practices. Ahmad ibn Fadlan, an Arab
Arab
traveler during the 10th century, provided one of the earliest written descriptions of the Rus': "They are as tall as a date palm, blond and ruddy, so that they do not need to wear a tunic nor a cloak; rather the men among them wear garments that only cover half of his body and leaves one of his hands free."[28] Liutprand of Cremona, who was twice an envoy to the Byzantine
Byzantine
court (949 and 968), identifies the "Russi" with the Norse ("the Russi, whom we call Norsemen
Norsemen
by another name")[29] but explains the name as a Greek term referring to their physical traits ("A certain people made up of a part of the Norse, whom the Greeks call [...] the Russi on account of their physical features, we designate as Norsemen
Norsemen
because of the location of their origin.").[30] Leo the Deacon, a 10th-century Byzantine
Byzantine
historian and chronicler, refers to the Rus' as "Scythians" and notes that they tended to adopt Greek rituals and customs.[31] Invitation of the Varangians[edit]

The Invitation of the Varangians
Varangians
by Viktor Vasnetsov: Rurik
Rurik
and his brothers Sineus and Truvor
Sineus and Truvor
arrive at the lands of the Ilmen Slavs.

According to the Primary Chronicle, the territories of the East Slavs in the 9th century were divided between the Varangians
Varangians
and the Khazars.[32] The Varangians
Varangians
are first mentioned imposing tribute from Slavic and Finnic tribes in 859.[33] In 862, the Finnic and Slavic tribes in the area of Novgorod
Novgorod
rebelled against the Varangians, driving them "back beyond the sea and, refusing them further tribute, set out to govern themselves." The tribes had no laws, however, and soon began to make war with one another, prompting them to invite the Varangians
Varangians
back to rule them and bring peace to the region:

They said to themselves, "Let us seek a prince who may rule over us, and judge us according to the Law." They accordingly went overseas to the Varangian Rus'. … The Chuds, the Slavs, the Krivichs
Krivichs
and the Ves then said to the Rus', "Our land is great and rich, but there is no order in it. Come to rule and reign over us". They thus selected three brothers with their kinfolk, who took with them all the Rus' and migrated. — The Primary Chronicle[34]

The three brothers—Rurik, Sineus, and Truvor—established themselves in Novgorod, Beloozero, and Izborsk, respectively.[35] Two of the brothers died, and Rurik
Rurik
became the sole ruler of the territory and progenitor of the Rurik
Rurik
Dynasty.[36] A short time later, two of Rurik’s men, Askold and Dir, asked him for permission to go to Tsargrad (Constantinople). On their way south, they discovered "a small city on a hill," Kiev, captured it and the surrounding country from the Khazars, populated the region with more Varangians, and "established their dominion over the country of the Polyanians."[37][38] The Chronicle reports that Askold and Dir
Askold and Dir
continued to Constantinople with a navy to attack the city in 863–66, catching the Byzantines by surprise and ravaging the surrounding area,[38] though other accounts date the attack in 860.[39] Patriarch Photius vividly describes the "universal" devastation of the suburbs and nearby islands,[40] and another account further details the destruction and slaughter of the invasion.[41] The Rus' turned back before attacking the city itself, due either to a storm dispersing their boats, the return of the Emperor, or in a later account, due to a miracle after a ceremonial appeal by the Patriarch and the Emperor to the Virgin.[42] The attack was the first encounter between the Rus' and Byzantines and led the Patriarch to send missionaries north to engage and attempt to convert the Rus' and the Slavs.[43][44] Foundation of the Kievan state[edit]

East-Slavic tribes and peoples, 8th–9th centuries

Rurik
Rurik
led the Rus' until his death in about 879, bequeathing his kingdom to his kinsman, Prince Oleg, as regent for his young son, Igor.[38][45] In 880-82, Oleg led a military force south along the Dnieper
Dnieper
river, capturing Smolensk
Smolensk
and Lyubech
Lyubech
before reaching Kiev, where he deposed and killed Askold and Dir, proclaimed himself prince, and declared Kiev
Kiev
the "mother of Rus' cities."[46][47] Oleg set about consolidating his power over the surrounding region and the riverways north to Novgorod, imposing tribute on the East Slav tribes.[37][48] In 883, he conquered the Drevlians, imposing a fur tribute on them. By 885 he had subjugated the Poliane, Severiane, Vyatichi, and Radimichs, forbidding them to pay further tribute to the Khazars. Oleg continued to develop and expand a network of Rus' forts in Slav lands, begun by Rurik
Rurik
in the north.[49] The new Kievan state prospered due to its abundant supply of furs, beeswax, honey, and slaves for export,[50] and because it controlled three main trade routes of Eastern Europe. In the north, Novgorod served as a commercial link between the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
and the Volga trade route to the lands of the Volga Bulgars, the Khazars, and across the Caspian Sea
Caspian Sea
as far as Baghdad, providing access to markets and products from Central Asia
Central Asia
and the Middle East.[51][52] Trade from the Baltic also moved south on a network of rivers and short portages along the Dnieper
Dnieper
known as the "route from the Varangians
Varangians
to the Greeks," continuing to the Black Sea
Black Sea
and on to Constantinople. Kiev was a central outpost along the Dnieper
Dnieper
route and a hub with the east-west overland trade route between the Khazars
Khazars
and the Germanic lands of Central Europe.[53] These commercial connections enriched Rus' merchants and princes, funding military forces and the construction of churches, palaces, fortifications, and further towns.[52] Demand for luxury goods fostered production of expensive jewelry and religious wares, allowing their export, and an advanced credit and money-lending system may have also been in place.[50] Early foreign relations[edit] Volatile steppe politics[edit] The rapid expansion of the Rus' to the south led to conflict and volatile relationships with the Khazars
Khazars
and other neighbors on the Pontic steppe.[54][55][56] The Khazars
Khazars
dominated the Black Sea
Black Sea
steppe during the 8th century,[57] trading and frequently allying with the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
against Persians and Arabs. In the late 8th century, the collapse of the Göktürk Khaganate led the Magyars
Magyars
and the Pechenegs, Ugric and Turkic peoples
Turkic peoples
from Central Asia, to migrate west into the steppe region,[58] leading to military conflict, disruption of trade, and instability within the Khazar Khaganate.[59] The Rus' and Slavs
Slavs
had earlier allied with the Khazars
Khazars
against Arab
Arab
raids on the Caucasus, but they increasingly worked against them to secure control of the trade routes.[60]

The Volga trade route
Volga trade route
(red), the "route from the Varangians
Varangians
to the Greeks" (purple) and other trade routes of the 8th–11th centuries (orange)

The Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
was able to take advantage of the turmoil to expand its political influence and commercial relationships, first with the Khazars
Khazars
and later with the Rus' and other steppe groups.[54] The Byzantines established the Theme of Cherson, formally known as Klimata, in the Crimea in the 830s to defend against raids by the Rus' and to protect vital grain shipments supplying Constantinople.[61] Cherson also served as a key diplomatic link with the Khazars
Khazars
and others on the steppe, and it became the centre of Black Sea commerce.[62] The Byzantines also helped the Khazars
Khazars
build a fortress at Sarkel
Sarkel
on the Don river to protect their northwest frontier against incursions by the Turkic migrants and the Rus', and to control caravan trade routes and the portage between the Don and Volga rivers.[63] The expansion of the Rus' put further military and economic pressure on the Khazars, depriving them of territory, tributaries, and trade.[64] In around 890, Oleg waged an indecisive war in the lands of the lower Dniester and Dnieper
Dnieper
rivers with the Tivertsi
Tivertsi
and the Ulichs, who were likely acting as vassals of the Magyars, blocking Rus' access to the Black Sea.[65][66] In 894, the Magyars
Magyars
and Pechenegs
Pechenegs
were drawn into the wars between the Byzantines and the Bulgarian Empire. The Byzantines arranged for the Magyars
Magyars
to attack Bulgarian territory from the north, and Bulgaria in turn persuaded the Pechenegs
Pechenegs
to attack the Magyars
Magyars
from their rear. Boxed in, the Magyars were forced to migrate further west across the Carpathian Mountains into the Hungarian plain, depriving the Khazars
Khazars
of an important ally and a buffer from the Rus'.[67][68] The migration of the Magyars allowed Rus' access to the Black Sea,[69] and they soon launched excursions into Khazar territory along the sea coast, up the Don river, and into the lower Volga region. The Rus' were raiding and plundering into the Caspian Sea
Caspian Sea
region from 864,[70] with the first large-scale expedition in 913, when they extensively raided Baku, Gilan, Mazandaran and penetrated into the Caucasus.[71][72][73] As the 10th century progressed, the Khazars
Khazars
were no longer able to command tribute from the Volga Bulgars, and their relationship with the Byzantines deteriorated, as Byzantium increasingly allied with the Pechenegs
Pechenegs
against them.[74] The Pechenegs
Pechenegs
were thus secure to raid the lands of the Khazars
Khazars
from their base between the Volga and Don rivers, allowing them to expand to the west.[55] Rus' relations with the Pechenegs
Pechenegs
were complex, as the groups alternately formed alliances with and against one another. The Pechenegs
Pechenegs
were nomads roaming the steppe raising livestock which they traded with the Rus' for agricultural goods and other products.[75] The lucrative Rus' trade with the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
had to pass through Pecheneg-controlled territory, so the need for generally peaceful relations was essential. Nevertheless, while the Primary Chronicle
Primary Chronicle
reports the Pechenegs entering Rus' territory in 915 and then making peace, they were waging war with one another again in 920.[76][77] Pechenegs
Pechenegs
are reported assisting the Rus' in later campaigns against the Byzantines, yet allied with the Byzantines against the Rus' at other times.[78] Rus'– Byzantine
Byzantine
relations[edit]

Rus' under the walls of Constantinople
Constantinople
(860)

After the Rus' attack on Constantinople
Constantinople
in 860, the Byzantine Patriarch Photius sent missionaries north to convert the Rus' and the Slavs. Prince Rastislav of Moravia
Rastislav of Moravia
had requested the Emperor to provide teachers to interpret the holy scriptures, so in 863 the brothers Cyril and Methodius were sent as missionaries, due to their knowledge of the Slavonic language.[44][79][80] The Slavs
Slavs
had no written language, so the brothers devised the Glagolitic alphabet, later developed into Cyrillic, and standardized the language of the Slavs, later known as Old Church Slavonic. They translated portions of the Bible and drafted the first Slavic civil code and other documents, and the language and texts spread throughout Slavic territories, including Kievan Rus'. The mission of Cyril and Methodius served both evangelical and diplomatic purposes, spreading Byzantine
Byzantine
cultural influence in support of imperial foreign policy.[81] In 867 the Patriarch announced that the Rus' had accepted a bishop, and in 874 he speaks of an "Archbishop of the Rus'."[43] Relations between the Rus' and Byzantines became more complex after Oleg took control over Kiev, reflecting commercial, cultural, and military concerns.[82] The wealth and income of the Rus' depended heavily upon trade with Byzantium. Constantine Porphyrogenitus described the annual course of the princes of Kiev, collecting tribute from client tribes, assembling the product into a flotilla of hundreds of boats, conducting them down the Dnieper
Dnieper
to the Black Sea, and sailing to the estuary of the Dniester, the Danube
Danube
delta, and on to Constantinople.[75][83] On their return trip they would carry silk fabrics, spices, wine, and fruit. The importance of this trade relationship led to military action when disputes arose. The Primary Chronicle reports that the Rus' attacked Constantinople
Constantinople
again in 907, probably to secure trade access. The Chronicle glorifies the military prowess and shrewdness of Oleg, an account imbued with legendary detail.[43][84] Byzantine
Byzantine
sources do not mention the attack, but a pair of treaties in 907 and 911 set forth a trade agreement with the Rus',[76][85] the terms suggesting pressure on the Byzantines, who granted the Rus' quarters and supplies for their merchants and tax-free trading privileges in Constantinople.[43][86] The Chronicle provides a mythic tale of Oleg's death. A sorcerer prophesies that the death of the Grand Prince
Grand Prince
would be associated with a certain horse. Oleg has the horse sequestered, and it later dies. Oleg goes to visit the horse and stands over the carcass, gloating that he had outlived the threat, when a snake strikes him from among the bones, and he soon becomes ill and dies.[87][88] The Chronicle reports that Prince Igor succeeded Oleg in 913, and after some brief conflicts with the Drevlians
Drevlians
and the Pechenegs, a period of peace ensued for over twenty years.

Princess Olga's avenge to the Drevlians. Radzivill chronicle

In 941, Igor led another major Rus' attack on Constantinople, probably over trading rights again.[43][89] A navy of 10,000 vessels, including Pecheneg
Pecheneg
allies, landed on the Bithynian coast and devastated the Asiatic shore of the Bosphorus.[90] The attack was well-timed, perhaps due to intelligence, as the Byzantine
Byzantine
fleet was occupied with the Arabs in the Mediterranean, and the bulk of its army was stationed in the east. The Rus' burned towns, churches, and monasteries, butchering the people and amassing booty. The emperor arranged for a small group of retired ships to be outfitted with Greek fire
Greek fire
throwers and sent them out to meet the Rus', luring them into surrounding the contingent before unleashing the Greek fire.[91] Liutprand of Cremona wrote that "the Rus', seeing the flames, jumped overboard, preferring water to fire. Some sank, weighed down by the weight of their breastplates and helmets; others caught fire." Those captured were beheaded. The ploy dispelled the Rus' fleet, but their attacks continued into the hinterland as far as Nicomedia, with many atrocities reported as victims were crucified and set up for use as targets. At last a Byzantine
Byzantine
army arrived from the Balkans to drive the Rus' back, and a naval contingent reportedly destroyed much of the Rus' fleet on its return voyage (possibly an exaggeration since the Rus' soon mounted another attack). The outcome indicates increased military might by Byzantium since 911, suggesting a shift in the balance of power.[90] Igor returned to Kiev
Kiev
keen for revenge. He assembled a large force of warriors from among neighboring Slavs
Slavs
and Pecheneg
Pecheneg
allies, and sent for reinforcements of Varangians
Varangians
from “beyond the sea.”[91][92] In 944 the Rus' force advanced again on the Greeks, by land and sea, and a Byzantine
Byzantine
force from Cherson responded. The Emperor sent gifts and offered tribute in lieu of war, and the Rus' accepted. Envoys were sent between the Rus', the Byzantines, and the Bulgarians in 945, and a peace treaty was completed. The agreement again focused on trade, but this time with terms less favorable to the Rus', including stringent regulations on the conduct of Rus' merchants in Cherson and Constantinople
Constantinople
and specific punishments for violations of the law.[93] The Byzantines may have been motivated to enter the treaty out of concern of a prolonged alliance of the Rus', Pechenegs, and Bulgarians against them,[94] though the more favorable terms further suggest a shift in power.[90] Sviatoslav[edit]

Madrid Skylitzes, meeting between John Tzimiskes and Sviatoslav

Following the death of Grand Prince
Grand Prince
Igor in 945, his wife Olga ruled as regent in Kiev
Kiev
until their son Sviatoslav reached maturity (ca. 963).[95] His decade-long reign over Rus' was marked by rapid expansion through the conquest of the Khazars
Khazars
of the Pontic steppe
Pontic steppe
and the invasion of the Balkans. By the end of his short life, Sviatoslav carved out for himself the largest state in Europe, eventually moving his capital from Kiev
Kiev
to Pereyaslavets on the Danube
Danube
in 969. In contrast with his mother's conversion to Christianity, Sviatoslav, like his druzhina, remained a staunch pagan. Due to his abrupt death in an ambush in 972, Sviatoslav's conquests, for the most part, were not consolidated into a functioning empire, while his failure to establish a stable succession led to a fratricidal feud among his sons, which resulted in two of his three sons being killed. Reign of Vladimir and Christianisation[edit] Main article: Christianization
Christianization
of Kievan Rus'

Rogneda of Polotsk, Vladimir I of Kiev
Kiev
and Izyaslav of Polotsk

Baptism of Saint Prince Vladimir, by Viktor Vasnetsov, in the St Volodymyr's Cathedral

It is not clearly documented when the title of the Grand Duke was first introduced, but the importance of the Kiev
Kiev
principality was recognized after the death of Sviatoslav I in 972 and the ensuing struggle between Vladimir the Great
Vladimir the Great
and Yaropolk I. The region of Kiev dominated the state of Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
for the next two centuries. The Grand Prince
Grand Prince
("velikiy kniaz'") of Kiev
Kiev
controlled the lands around the city, and his formally subordinate relatives ruled the other cities and paid him tribute. The zenith of the state's power came during the reigns of Vladimir the Great
Vladimir the Great
(980–1015) and Prince Yaroslav I the Wise
Yaroslav I the Wise
(1019–1054). Both rulers continued the steady expansion of Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
that had begun under Oleg. Vladimir had been prince of Novgorod
Novgorod
when his father Sviatoslav I died in 972. He was forced to flee to Scandinavia
Scandinavia
in 976 after his half-brother Yaropolk had murdered his other brother Oleg and taken control of Rus. In Scandinavia, with the help of his relative Earl Håkon Sigurdsson, ruler of Norway, Vladimir assembled a Viking
Viking
army and reconquered Novgorod
Novgorod
and Kiev
Kiev
from Yaropolk.[96] As Prince of Kiev, Vladimir's most notable achievement was the Christianization
Christianization
of Kievan Rus', a process that began in 988. The Primary Chronicle
Primary Chronicle
states that when Vladimir had decided to accept a new faith instead of the traditional idol-worship (paganism) of the Slavs, he sent out some of his most valued advisors and warriors as emissaries to different parts of Europe. They visited the Christians of the Latin Rite, the Jews, and the Muslims
Muslims
before finally arriving in Constantinople. They rejected Islam because, among other things, it prohibited the consumption of alcohol, and Judaism because the god of the Jews had permitted his chosen people to be deprived of their country. They found the ceremonies in the Roman church to be dull. But at Constantinople, they were so astounded by the beauty of the cathedral of Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
and the liturgical service held there that they made up their minds there and then about the faith they would like to follow. Upon their arrival home, they convinced Vladimir that the faith of the Byzantine Rite
Byzantine Rite
was the best choice of all, upon which Vladimir made a journey to Constantinople
Constantinople
and arranged to marry Princess Anna, the sister of Byzantine
Byzantine
emperor Basil II.[97]

Ivan Eggink's painting represents Vladimir listening to the Orthodox priests, while the papal envoy stands aside in discontent.

Vladimir's choice of Eastern Christianity may also have reflected his close personal ties with Constantinople, which dominated the Black Sea and hence trade on Kiev's most vital commercial route, the Dnieper River. Adherence to the Eastern Church
Eastern Church
had long-range political, cultural, and religious consequences. The church had a liturgy written in Cyrillic
Cyrillic
and a corpus of translations from Greek that had been produced for the Slavic peoples. This literature facilitated the conversion to Christianity of the Eastern Slavs
Slavs
and introduced them to rudimentary Greek philosophy, science, and historiography without the necessity of learning Greek (there were some merchants who did business with Greeks and likely had an understanding of contemporary business Greek).[98] In contrast, educated people in medieval Western and Central Europe
Europe
learned Latin. Enjoying independence from the Roman authority and free from tenets of Latin learning, the East Slavs developed their own literature and fine arts, quite distinct from those of other Eastern Orthodox
Eastern Orthodox
countries.[citation needed] (See Old East Slavic language and Architecture of Kievan Rus
Architecture of Kievan Rus
for details). Following the Great Schism of 1054, the Rus' church maintained communion with both Rome and Constantinople
Constantinople
for some time, but along with most of the Eastern churches it eventually split to follow the Eastern Orthodox. That being said, unlike other parts of the Greek world, Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
did not have a strong hostility to the Western world.[99] Golden age[edit]

Golden Gate, Kiev

Yaroslav, known as "the Wise", struggled for power with his brothers. A son of Vladimir the Great, he was vice-regent of Novgorod
Novgorod
at the time of his father's death in 1015. Subsequently, his eldest surviving brother, Svyatopolk the Accursed, killed three of his other brothers and seized power in Kiev. Yaroslav, with the active support of the Novgorodians and the help of Viking
Viking
mercenaries, defeated Svyatopolk and became the grand prince of Kiev
Kiev
in 1019.[100] Although he first established his rule over Kiev
Kiev
in 1019, he did not have uncontested rule of all of Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
until 1036. Like Vladimir, Yaroslav was eager to improve relations with the rest of Europe, especially the Byzantine
Byzantine
Empire. Yaroslav's granddaughter, Eupraxia the daughter of his son Vsevolod I, Prince of Kiev, was married to Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor. Yaroslav also arranged marriages for his sister and three daughters to the kings of Poland, France, Hungary
Hungary
and Norway. Yaroslav promulgated the first East Slavic law code, Russkaya Pravda; built Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev
Kiev
and Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod; patronized local clergy and monasticism; and is said to have founded a school system. Yaroslav's sons developed the great Kiev Pechersk Lavra (monastery), which functioned in Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
as an ecclesiastical academy. In the centuries that followed the state's foundation, Rurik's descendants shared power over Kievan Rus'. Princely succession moved from elder to younger brother and from uncle to nephew, as well as from father to son. Junior members of the dynasty usually began their official careers as rulers of a minor district, progressed to more lucrative principalities, and then competed for the coveted throne of Kiev. Fragmentation and decline[edit] The gradual disintegration of the Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
began in the 11th century, after the death of Yaroslav the Wise. The position of the Grand Prince
Grand Prince
of Kiev
Kiev
was weakened by the growing influence of regional clans. An unconventional power succession system was established (rota system) whereby power was transferred to the eldest member of the ruling dynasty rather than from father to son, i.e. in most cases to the eldest brother of the ruler, fomenting constant hatred and rivalry within the royal family.[citation needed] Familicide was frequently deployed in obtaining power and can be traced particularly during the time of the Yaroslavichi (sons of Yaroslav) when the established system was skipped in the establishment of Vladimir II Monomakh
Vladimir II Monomakh
as the Grand Prince
Grand Prince
of Kiev,[clarification needed] in turn creating major squabbles between Olegovichi from Chernihiv, Monomakhs from Pereyaslav, Izyaslavichi from Turov/Volhynia, and Polotsk Princes.[citation needed]

The Nativity, a Kievan (possibly Galician) illumination from the Gertrude Psalter

The most prominent struggle for power was the conflict that erupted after the death of Yaroslav the Wise. The rivaling Principality
Principality
of Polotsk
Polotsk
was contesting the power of the Grand Prince
Grand Prince
by occupying Novgorod, while Rostislav Vladimirovich was fighting for the Black Sea port of Tmutarakan
Tmutarakan
belonging to Chernihiv.[citation needed] Three of Yaroslav's sons that first allied together found themselves fighting each other especially after their defeat to the Cuman
Cuman
forces in 1068 at the Battle of the Alta River. At the same time an uprising took place in Kiev, bringing to power Vseslav of Polotsk
Vseslav of Polotsk
who supported the traditional Slavic paganism.[citation needed] The ruling Grand Prince Iziaslav fled to Poland
Poland
asking for support and in couple of years returned to establish the order.[citation needed] The affairs became even more complicated by the end of the 11th century driving the state into chaos and constant warfare. On the initiative of Vladimir II Monomakh in 1097 the first federal council of Kievan Rus took place near Chernihiv
Chernihiv
in the city of Liubech
Liubech
with the main intention to find an understanding among the fighting sides. However even though that did not really stop the fighting, it certainly cooled things off.[citation needed] By 1130 all descendants of Vseslav the Seer were exiled to the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
by Mstislav the Great. The most fierce resistance to Monomakhs posed Olegovichi when the izgoi Vsevolod II managed to become the Grand Prince
Grand Prince
of Kiev. Rostislavichi who have initially established in Halych
Halych
lands by 1189 were defeated by the Monomakh-Piast descendant Roman the Great.[citation needed] The decline of Constantinople – a main trading partner of Kievan Rus' – played a significant role in the decline of the Kievan Rus'. The trade route from the Varangians
Varangians
to the Greeks, along which the goods were moving from the Black Sea
Black Sea
(mainly Byzantine) through eastern Europe
Europe
to the Baltic, was a cornerstone of Kiev
Kiev
wealth and prosperity. Kiev
Kiev
was the main power and initiator in this relationship, once the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
fell into turmoil and the supplies became erratic, profits dried out, and Kiev
Kiev
lost its appeal.[citation needed] The last ruler to maintain a united state was Mstislav the Great. After his death in 1132 the Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
fell into recession and a rapid decline, and Mstislav's successor Yaropolk II of Kiev
Kiev
instead of focusing on the external threat of the Cumans
Cumans
was embroiled in conflicts with the growing power of the Novgorod
Novgorod
Republic. In 1169, as the Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
state was full of internal conflict, Andrei Bogolyubsky of Vladimir sacked the city of Kiev. The sack of the city fundamentally changed the perception of Kiev
Kiev
and was evidence of the fragmentation of the Kievan Rus'.[101] By the end of the 12th century, the Kievan state became even further fragmented and had been divided into roughly twelve different principalities.[102] The Crusades
Crusades
brought a shift in European trade routes that accelerated the decline of Kievan Rus'. In 1204 the forces of the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople, making the Dnieper
Dnieper
trade route marginal.[11] At the same time the Teutonic Knights
Teutonic Knights
(of the Northern Crusades) were conquering the Baltic region
Baltic region
and threatening the Lands of Novgorod. Concurrently with it the Ruthenian Federation
Federation
of Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
started to disintegrate into smaller principalities as the Rurik dynasty
Rurik dynasty
grew. The local Orthodox Christianity
Orthodox Christianity
of Kievan Rus', while struggling to establish itself in the predominantly pagan state and losing its main base in Constantinople
Constantinople
was on the brink of extinction. Some of the main regional centres that developed later were Novgorod, Chernigov, Halych, Kiev, Ryazan, Vladimir-upon-Klyazma, Volodimer-Volyn and Polotsk. Novgorod
Novgorod
Republic[edit] Main article: Republic of Novgorod In the north, the Republic of Novgorod
Novgorod
prospered because it controlled trade routes from the River Volga
River Volga
to the Baltic Sea. As Kievan Rus' declined, Novgorod
Novgorod
became more independent. A local oligarchy ruled Novgorod; major government decisions were made by a town assembly, which also elected a prince as the city's military leader. In 1136, Novgorod
Novgorod
revolted against Kiev, and became independent.[103] Now an independent city republic, and referred to as "Lord Novgorod
Novgorod
the Great" it would spread its "mercantile interest" to the west and the north; to the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
and the low-populated forest regions respectively.[103] In 1169, Novgorod
Novgorod
acquired its own archbishop, named Ilya, a sign of further increased importance and political independence. Novgorod
Novgorod
enjoyed a wide degree of autonomy although being closely associated with the Kievan Rus. Northeast[edit] Main article: Vladimir-Suzdal

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1139 map of the Grand Duchy of Kiev, where northeastern territories identified as the Transforrest Colonies (Zalesie) by Joachim Lelewel

In the northeast, Slavs
Slavs
from the Kievan region colonized the territory that later would become the Grand Duchy of Moscow
Grand Duchy of Moscow
by subjugating and merging with the Finnic tribes already occupying the area. The city of Rostov, the oldest centre of the northeast, was supplanted first by Suzdal
Suzdal
and then by the city of Vladimir, which become the capital of Vladimir-Suzdal'. The combined principality of Vladimir-Suzdal asserted itself as a major power in Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
in the late 12th century. In 1169 Prince Andrey Bogolyubskiy
Prince Andrey Bogolyubskiy
of Vladimir-Suzdal
Vladimir-Suzdal
sacked the city of Kiev
Kiev
and took over the title of the (Великий Князь/Velikiy Knyaz/ Grand Prince
Grand Prince
or Grand Duke) to claim primacy in Rus'. Prince Andrey then installed his younger brother, who ruled briefly in Kiev
Kiev
while Andrey continued to rule his realm from Suzdal. In 1299, in the wake of the Mongol invasion, the metropolitan moved from Kiev
Kiev
to the city of Vladimir and Vladimir-Suzdal. Southwest[edit] Main article: Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia

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To the southwest, the principality of Halych
Halych
had developed trade relations with its Polish, Hungarian and Lithuanian neighbours and emerged as the local successor to Kievan Rus'. In 1199, Prince Roman Mstislavych united the two previously separate principalities. In 1202 he conquered Kiev, and assumed the title of Knyaz
Knyaz
of Kievan Rus', which was held by the rulers of Vladimir-Suzdal
Vladimir-Suzdal
since 1169. His son, Prince Daniel
Prince Daniel
(r. 1238–1264) looked for support from the West. He accepted a crown as a "Rex Rusiae" ("King of Rus") from the Roman papacy, apparently doing so without breaking with Constantinople. In 1370, the patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
in Constantinople granted the King of Poland
Poland
a metropolitan for his Ruthenian subjects. Lithuanian rulers also requested and received a metropolitan for Novagrudok shortly afterwards. Cyprian, a candidate pushed by the Lithuanian rulers, became Metropolitan of Kiev
Kiev
in 1375 and metropolitan of Moscow
Moscow
in 1382; this way the church in the Russian countries was reunited for some time. In 1439, Kiev
Kiev
became the seat of a separate "Metropolitan of Kiev, Halych
Halych
and all Rus'" for all Greek Orthodox Christians under Polish-Lithuanian rule. However, a long and unsuccessful struggle against the Mongols combined with internal opposition to the prince and foreign intervention weakened Galicia-Volhynia. With the end of the Mstislavich branch of the Rurikids
Rurikids
in the mid-14th century, Galicia- Volhynia
Volhynia
ceased to exist; Poland
Poland
conquered Halych; Lithuania
Lithuania
took Volhynia, including Kiev, conquered by Gediminas
Gediminas
in 1321 ending the rule of Rurikids
Rurikids
in the city. Lithuanian rulers then assumed the title over Ruthenia. Final disintegration[edit]

Lilac borders: Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia, one of the successor states of Kievan Rus'

The state finally disintegrated under the pressure of the Mongol invasion of Rus', fragmenting it into successor principalities who paid tribute to the Golden Horde
Golden Horde
(the so-called Tatar Yoke). In the late 15th century the Muscovite Grand Dukes began taking over former Kievan territories and proclaimed themselves the sole legal successors of the Kievan principality according to the protocols of the medieval theory of translatio imperii. On the western periphery, Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
was succeeded by the Principality
Principality
of Galicia-Volhynia. Later, as these territories, now part of modern central Ukraine
Ukraine
and Belarus, fell to the Gediminids, the powerful, largely Ruthenized Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Lithuania
drew heavily on Rus' cultural and legal traditions. Due to the fact of the economic and cultural core of Rus' being located on the territory of modern Ukraine, Ukrainian historians and scholars consider Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
to be a founding Ukrainian state.[6] On the north-eastern periphery of Kievan Rus', traditions were adapted in the Vladimir-Suzdal
Vladimir-Suzdal
Principality
Principality
that gradually gravitated towards Moscow. To the very north, the Novgorod
Novgorod
and Pskov Feudal Republics were less autocratic than Vladimir- Suzdal- Moscow
Moscow
until they were absorbed by the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Russian historians consider Kievan Rus "the first period of Russian history." Economy[edit] During the Kievan era, trade and transport depended largely on networks of rivers and portages.[104] The peoples of Rus' experienced a period of great economic expansion, opening trade routes with the Vikings
Vikings
to the north and west and with the Byzantine
Byzantine
Greeks to the south and west; traders also began to travel south and east, eventually making contact with Persia
Persia
and the peoples of Central Asia. Society[edit]

Administering justice in Kievan Rus, by Ivan Bilibin

Ship burial
Ship burial
of a Rus' chieftain as described by the Arab
Arab
traveler Ahmad ibn Fadlan, who visited North-Eastern Europe
Europe
in the 10th century. Henryk Siemiradzki
Henryk Siemiradzki
(1883)

Due to the expansion of trade and its geographical proximity, Kiev became the most important trade centre and chief among the communes; therefore the leader of Kiev
Kiev
gained political "control" over the surrounding areas. This princedom emerged from a coalition of traditional patriarchic family communes banded together in an effort to increase the applicable workforce and expand the productivity of the land. This union developed the first major cities in the Rus' and was the first notable form of self-government. As these communes became larger, the emphasis was taken off the family holdings and placed on the territory that surrounded. This shift in ideology became known as the verv'. In the 11th century and the 12th century, the princes and their retinues, which were a mixture of Slavic and Scandinavian elites, dominated the society of Kievan Rus'. Leading soldiers and officials received income and land from the princes in return for their political and military services. Kievan society lacked the class institutions and autonomous towns that were typical of Western European feudalism. Nevertheless, urban merchants, artisans and labourers sometimes exercised political influence through a city assembly, the veche (council), which included all the adult males in the population. In some cases, the veche either made agreements with their rulers or expelled them and invited others to take their place. At the bottom of society was a stratum of slaves. More important was a class of tribute-paying peasants, who owed labour duty to the princes. The widespread personal serfdom characteristic of Western Europe
Europe
did not exist in Kievan Rus'. The change in political structure led to the inevitable development of the peasant class or smerdy. The smerdy were free un-landed people that found work by labouring for wages on the manors which began to develop around 1031 as the verv' began to dominate socio-political structure. The smerdy were initially given equality in the Kievian law code, they were theoretically equal to the prince, so they enjoyed as much freedom as can be expected of manual labourers. However, in the 13th century they began to slowly lose their rights and became less equal in the eyes of the law. See also: Old Russian Law, main source: Russkaya Pravda. Historical assessment[edit]

The field of Igor Svyatoslavich's battle with the Polovtsy, by Viktor Vasnetsov

Kievan Rus', although sparsely populated compared to Western Europe,[105] was not only the largest contemporary European state in terms of area but also culturally advanced.[106] Literacy in Kiev, Novgorod
Novgorod
and other large cities was high.[107][108] As birch bark documents attest, they exchanged love letters and prepared cheat sheets for schools. Novgorod
Novgorod
had a sewage system[109] and wood paving not often found in other cities at the time. The Russkaya Pravda confined punishments to fines and generally did not use capital punishment.[110] Certain rights were accorded to women, such as property and inheritance rights.[111][112][113] The economic development of Kievan Rus may be translated into demographic statistics. Around 1200, Kiev
Kiev
had a population of 50,000, Novgorod
Novgorod
and Chernigov both had around 30,000.[114] Constantinople
Constantinople
had population of about 400,000 around 1180.[115] The Soviet scholar Mikhail Tikhomirov calculated that Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
on the eve of the Mongol invasion had around 300 urban centres.[116] Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
also played an important genealogical role in European politics. Yaroslav the Wise, whose stepmother belonged to the Macedonian dynasty, which ruled the Byzantine
Byzantine
empire from 867 to 1056, married the only legitimate daughter of the king who Christianized Sweden. His daughters became queens of Hungary, France and Norway, his sons married the daughters of a Polish king and a Byzantine
Byzantine
emperor (not to mention a niece of the Pope), while his granddaughters were a German Empress and (according to one theory) the queen of Scotland. A grandson married the only daughter of the last Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon
king of England. Thus the Rurikids
Rurikids
were a well-connected royal family of the time.[117][118] Foreign relations[edit] See also: Varangians
Varangians
and Grand Prince
Grand Prince
of Kiev Turco-Mongols[edit] See also: Schechter Letter
Schechter Letter
and Mongol invasion of Rus'

The sacking of Suzdal, by Batu Khan

From the 9th century, the Pecheneg
Pecheneg
nomads began an uneasy relationship with Kievan Rus′. For over two centuries they launched sporadic raids into the lands of Rus′, which sometimes escalated into full-scale wars (such as the 920 war on the Pechenegs
Pechenegs
by Igor of Kiev reported in the Primary Chronicle), but there were also temporary military alliances (e.g. the 943 Byzantine
Byzantine
campaign by Igor).[119] In 968, the Pechenegs
Pechenegs
attacked and besieged the city of Kiev.[120] Some speculation exists that the Pechenegs
Pechenegs
drove off the Tivertsi
Tivertsi
and the Ulichs
Ulichs
to the regions of the upper Dniester river
Dniester river
in Bukovina. The Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
was known to support the Pechenegs
Pechenegs
in their military campaigns against the Eastern Slavic states.[citation needed] Boniak was a Cuman
Cuman
khan who led a series of invasions on Kievan Rus′. In 1096 Boniak attacked Kiev, plundered the Kiev
Kiev
Monastery
Monastery
of the Caves, and burned down the prince's palace in Berestovo. He was defeated in 1107 by Vladimir Monomakh, Oleg, Sviatopolk and other Rus′ princes.[121] The Mongol Empire
Mongol Empire
invaded Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
in the 13th century, destroying numerous cities including Ryazan, Kolomna, Moscow, Vladimir and Kiev. Giovanni de Plano Carpini, the Pope's envoy to the Mongol Great Khan, traveled through Kiev
Kiev
in February 1246 and wrote:

"They [the Mongols] attacked Rus, where they made great havoc, destroying cities and fortresses and slaughtering men; and they laid siege to Kiev, the capital of Rus; after they had besieged the city for a long time, they took it and put the inhabitants to death. When we were journeying through that land we came across countless skulls and bones of dead men lying about on the ground. Kiev
Kiev
had been a very large and thickly populated town, but now it has been reduced almost to nothing, for there are at the present time scarce two hundred houses there and the inhabitants are kept in complete slavery"[122]

Byzantine
Byzantine
Empire[edit] See also: Rus'– Byzantine
Byzantine
War

Druzhina

Byzantium quickly became the main trading and cultural partner for Kiev, but relations were not always friendly. The most serious conflict between the two powers was the war of 968–971 in Bulgaria, but several Rus' raiding expeditions against the Byzantine
Byzantine
cities of the Black Sea
Black Sea
coast and Constantinople
Constantinople
itself are also recorded. Although most were repulsed, they were concluded by trade treaties that were generally favourable to the Rus'. Rus'- Byzantine
Byzantine
relations became closer following the marriage of the porphyrogenita Anna to Vladimir the Great, and the subsequent Christianization
Christianization
of the Rus': Byzantine
Byzantine
priests, architects and artists were invited to work on numerous cathedrals and churches around Rus', expanding Byzantine
Byzantine
cultural influence even further. Numerous Rus' served in the Byzantine
Byzantine
army as mercenaries, most notably as the famous Varangian Guard. Military campaigns[edit]

Caspian expeditions of the Rus'
Caspian expeditions of the Rus'
(864 - 1041) Rus'– Byzantine
Byzantine
Wars (830 - 1043) 1018 Polish intervention

Administrative divisions[edit] See also: List of early East Slavic states

Principalities of Kievan Rus', 1054–1132

11th century

Novgorod
Novgorod
Land 862–1478 the allied territory of Kievan Rus'; from 1136 the Novgorod
Novgorod
Republic Principality
Principality
of Rostov- Suzdal
Suzdal
Rostov
Rostov
Principality
Principality
until 1125; became Vladimir-Suzdal
Vladimir-Suzdal
Principality
Principality
in 1155 Principality of Polotsk
Principality of Polotsk
9th century-14th century (separatist territory, partial suzerainty under Kievan Rus')

Principality
Principality
of Minsk

Principality
Principality
of Smolensk
Smolensk
from 1054 Principality
Principality
of Pereyaslavl Principality
Principality
of Volhynia Principality
Principality
of Kiev
Kiev
from 1132–1399

Principality
Principality
of Galicia Principality of Turov
Principality of Turov
and Pinsk

Principality
Principality
of Chernigov

Murom- Ryazan
Ryazan
Principality
Principality
until 1078 Principality
Principality
of Novgorod-Seversk

City of Tmutarakan
Tmutarakan
from 988 until some time in the 12th century Belaya Vezha from 965 until some time in the 12th century Southern dependencies Oleshky, New Galich, Peresechen' Drevlian territories annexed to Rus' by Oleg ?-884; 912–946 (vassal of Rus' from 914, Drevlians
Drevlians
Uprising in 945)

Principal cities[edit]

Belgorod Kievsky, capital of Rus' under Rurik
Rurik
Rostislavich Chernihiv, capital along with Kiev
Kiev
from 1024–1036 (joint rule between Yaroslav and Mstislav) Halych Kiev Minsk, centre of Principality
Principality
of Minsk Murom Pereyaslavets, capital of Rus' from 969–971 (in current day Romania) Polotsk Rostov
Rostov
Veliky Ryazan Smolensk Staraya Ladoga Suzdal Tmutarakan Veliky Novgorod Vladimir Vyshgorod, princes' residence and royal library (at Mezhyhirya)

Religion[edit]

Model of the original Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev; used on modern 2 hryvni of Ukraine

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod, mid-11th century

Dormition Cathedral, Vladimir, 1160

In 988 the Christian Church in Rus' territorially fell under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Constantinople
after it was officially adopted as the state religion. According to several chronicles after that date the predominant cult of Slavic paganism
Slavic paganism
was persecuted. The exact date of creation of the Kiev
Kiev
Metropolis is uncertain, as well as who was the first leader of the church. Predominantly it is considered that the first head was Michael I of Kiev, however some sources also claim Leontiy who is often placed after Michael or Anastas Chersonesos, became the first bishop of the Church of the Tithes. The first metropolitan to be confirmed by historical sources is Theopemp, who was appointed by Patriarch Alexius of Constantinople in 1038. Before 1015 there were five dioceses: Kiev, Chernihiv, Bilhorod, Volodymyr, Novgorod, and soon thereafter Yuriy-upon-Ros. The Kiev
Kiev
Metropolitan sent his own delegation to the Council of Bari
Council of Bari
in 1098. After the sacking of Kiev
Kiev
in 1169, part of the Kiev
Kiev
metropolis started to move[citation needed] to Vladimir-upon-Klyazma, concluding the move sometime after 1240 when Kiev
Kiev
was taken by Batu Khan. Metropolitan Maxim was the first metropolitan who chose Vladimir-upon-Klyazma as his official residence in 1299. As a result, in 1303 Lev I of Galicia petitioned Patriarch Athanasius I of Constantinople
Constantinople
for the creation of a new Halych
Halych
metropolis, however it only existed until 1347.[citation needed] The Church of the Tithes
Church of the Tithes
was chosen as the first Cathedral Temple. In 1037 the cathedral was transferred to the newly built Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev. Upon the transferring of the metropolitan seat in 1299, the Dormition Cathedral, Vladimir
Dormition Cathedral, Vladimir
was chosen as the new cathedral. By the mid 13th century the dioceses of Kiev
Kiev
Metropolis (988) were as follows: Kiev
Kiev
(988), Pereyaslav, Chernihiv
Chernihiv
(991), Volodymyr-Volynsky (992), Turov (1005), Polotsk
Polotsk
(1104), Novgorod
Novgorod
(~990s), Smolensk (1137), Murom
Murom
(1198), Peremyshl (1120), Halych
Halych
(1134), Vladimir-upon-Klyazma (1215), Rostov
Rostov
(991), Bilhorod, Yuriy (1032), Chełm (1235), Tver (1271). There also were dioceses in Zakarpattia and Tmutarakan. In 1261 the Sarai-Batu diocese was established.[citation needed] See also[edit]

Old Russian Chronicles De Administrando Imperio Slavic studies Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
Park Mother of Rus' cities

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Normanist theory ^ The Russian Primary Chronicle, Encyclopædia Britannica Online; Russian Primary Chronicle, Selected Text, University of Toronto (retrieved June 4, 2013). ^ Riasanovsky, p. 25. ^ Riasanovsky, pp. 25-27. ^ a b David R. Stone, A Military History of Russia: From Ivan the Terrible to the war in Chechnya (2006), pp. 2-3. ^ Simon Franklin and Jonathan Shepherd, The Emergence of Rus 750–1200 (Harlow, Essex: 1996), pp. 38–39. ^ Fadlan, Ibn (2005). (Richard Frey) Ibn Fadlan's Journey to Russia. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers.  ^ Rusios, quos alio nos nomine Nordmannos apellamus. (in Polish) Henryk Paszkiewicz (2000). Wzrost potęgi Moskwy, s.13, Kraków. ISBN 83-86956-93-3 ^ Gens quaedam est sub aquilonis parte constituta, quam a qualitate corporis Graeci vocant [...] Rusios, nos vero a positione loci nominamus Nordmannos. James Lea Cate. Medieval and Historiographical Essays in Honor of James Westfall Thompson. p.482. The University of Chicago Press, 1938 ^ Leo the Deacon, The History of Leo the Deacon: Byzantine
Byzantine
Military Expansion in the Tenth Century (Alice-Mary Talbot & Denis Sullivan, eds., 2005), pp. 193-94. ^ Magocsi (2010), p. 59. ^ Primary Chronicle, p.6. ^ Primary Chronicle, pp.6–7. ^ Magocsi (2010), pp. 55, 59–60 ^ Thomas McCray, Russia
Russia
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Vikings
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Slavs
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Kievan Rus'
state, while anti-Normanists point to other Chronicle entries to argue that the East Slav Polianes were already in the process of forming a state independently. Martin (2009), pp.37-40. ^ Primary Chronicle, pp.8-9. ^ Primary Chronicle, p.9. ^ George Vernadsky, Kievan Russia
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Ptolemy
as Socanaa, was documented in Arab
Arab
sources as "the most famous port of the Khazarian Sea". It was situated within three days' journey from Gorgan. The southern part of the Caspian Sea
Caspian Sea
was known as the "Sea of Abaskun". See: B.N. Zakhoder (1898–1960). The Caspian Compilation of Records about Eastern Europe (online version). ^ The Khazar khagan initially granted the Rus' safe passage in exchange for a share of the booty but attacked them on their return voyage, killing most of the raiders and seizing their haul. Vernadsky (1976), pp.32–33. ^ Gunilla Larsson. Ship and society: maritime ideology in Late Iron Age Sweden Uppsala Universitet, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, 2007 ISBN 9150619152 p 208 ^ Cahiers du monde russe et soviétique, Volume 35, Number 4. Mouton, 1994. (originally from the University of California, digitalised on 9 March 2010) ^ Moss (2005), p.29. ^ a b Martin (2003), p.17. ^ a b Magocsi (2010), p.67. ^ The Russian Primary Chronicle, Laurentian Text (Samuel Hazzard Cross, trans., 1930), p.71 ^ Moss (2005), pp.29–30. ^ Saints Cyril and Methodius, [1] Encyclopædia Britannica. ^ Primary Chronicle, pp.62-63 ^ Obolensky (1994), pp..244-246. ^ Magocsi (2010), pp.66-67 ^ Vernadsky (1976), pp.28-31. ^ Vernadsky (1976), p.22. ^ John Lind, Varangians
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in Europe's Eastern and Northern Periphery, Ennen & nyt (2004:4). ^ Logan (2005), p.192. ^ Vernadsky, pp.22-23 ^ Chronicle, p.69 ^ Chronicle, pp.71-72 ^ a b c Ostrogorski, p.277 ^ a b Logan, p.193. ^ Chronicle, p.72. ^ Chronicle, pp.73-78 ^ Spinei, p.93. ^ If Olga was indeed born in 879, as the Primary Chronicle
Primary Chronicle
seems to imply, she would have been about 65 at the time of Sviatoslav's birth. There are clearly some problems with chronology. ^ "Vladimir I (grand prince of Kiev) - Encyclopædia Britannica". Britannica.com. 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2014-08-07.  ^ Janet Martin, Medieval Russia, 980–1584, (Cambridge, 1995), p. 6-7 ^ Franklin, Simon (1992). "Greek in Kievan Rus'". Dumbarton Oaks Papers. 46: 69–81. doi:10.2307/1291640.  ^ Colucci, Michele (1989). "The Image of Western Christianity in the Culture of Kievan Rus'". Harvard Ukrainian Studies. 12/13: 576–586.  ^ "Yaroslav I (prince of Kiev) - Encyclopædia Britannica". Britannica.com. 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-08-07.  ^ Pelenski, Jaroslaw (1987). "The Sack of Kiev
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Europe
as a Cultural Area. World Anthropology. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 32–33. ISBN 978-3-11-080070-8. Retrieved 8 February 2016. For a while, it looked as if the Scandinavian thrust toward monarchy and centralization might succeed in building two impressive and imperial structures: a Danish empire of the northern seas, and a Varangian empire of the Russian rivers, headquartered at Kiev.... In the east, new hordes of steppe nomads, fresh from central Asia, intruded upon the river-based empire of the Varangians
Varangians
by taking over its southern portion.  ^ http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/pop-in-eur.html (archive) ^ Sherman, Charles Phineas (1917). "Russia". Roman Law in the Modern World. Boston: The Boston Book
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Company,. p. 191. The adoption of Christianity by Vladimir... was followed by commerce with the Byzantine
Byzantine
Empire. In its wake came Byzantine
Byzantine
art and culture. And in the course of the next century what is now Southeastern Russia
Russia
became more advanced in civilization than any western European State of the period, for Russia
Russia
came in for a share of Byzantine
Byzantine
culture, then vastly superior to the rudeness of Western nations.  ^ Tikhomirov, Mikhail Nikolaevich (1956). "Literacy among the citi dwellers". Drevnerusskie goroda (Cities of Ancient Rus) (in Russian). Moscow. p. 261.  ^ Vernadsky, George (1973). "Russian Civilization in the Kievan Period: Education". Kievan Russia. Yale University Press. p. 426. ISBN 0-300-01647-6. It is to the credit of Vladimir and his advisors they built not only churches but schools as well. This compulsory baptism was followed by compulsory education... Schools were thus founded not only in Kiev
Kiev
but also in provincial cities. From the "Life of St. Feodosi" we know that a school existed in Kursk around the year of 1023. By the time of Yaroslav's reign (1019–54), education had struck roots and its benefits were apparent. Around 1030 Iaroslav founded a divinity school in Novgorod
Novgorod
for three hundred children of both laymen and clergy to be instructed in "book-learning". As a general measure he made the parish priests to "teach the people."  ^ Miklashevsky, N.; et al. (2000). "Istoriya vodoprovoda v Rossii". ИСТОРИЯ ВОДОПРОВОДА В РОССИИ [History of water-supply in Russia] (in Russian). Saint Petersburg, Russia: ?. p. 240. ISBN 9785820601149.  ^ "The most notable aspect of the criminal provisions was that punishments took the form of seizure of property, banishment, or, more often, payment of a fine. Even murder and other severe crimes (arson, organised horse thieving, and robbery) were settled by monetary fines. Although the death penalty had been introduced by Vladimir the Great, it too was soon replaced by fines." Magocsi, Paul Robert
Magocsi, Paul Robert
(1996). A History of Ukraine, p. 90, Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-0830-5. ^ Tikhomirov, Mikhail Nikolaevich (1953). Пособие для изучения Русской Правды (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Издание Московского университета. p. 190.  ^ Janet Martin, Medieval Russia, 980–1584, (Cambridge, 1995), p. 72 ^ Vernadsky, George (1973). "Social organization: Woman". Kievan Russia. Yale University Press. p. 426. ISBN 0-300-01647-6.  ^ Janet Martin, Medieval Russia, 980–1584, (Cambridge, 1995), p. 61 ^ J. Phillips, The Fourth Crusade
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page 144 ^ Tikhomirov, Mikhail Nikolaevich (1956). "The origin of Russian cities". Drevnerusskie goroda (Cities of Ancient Rus) (in Russian). Moscow. pp. 36, 39, 43.  ^ "In medieval Europe, a mark of a dynasty's prestige and power was the willingness with which other leading dynasties entered into matrimonial relations with it. Measured by this standard, Yaroslav's prestige must have been great indeed... . Little wonder that Iaroslav is often dubbed by historians as 'the father-in-law of Europe.'" -(Subtelny, Orest (1988). Ukraine: A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 35. ISBN 0-8020-5808-6. ) ^ "By means of these marital ties, Kievan Rus’ became well known throughout Europe." — Magocsi, Paul Robert
Magocsi, Paul Robert
(1996). A History of Ukraine, p. 76, Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-0830-5. ^ Ibn Haukal
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describes the Pechenegs
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Sources[edit]

Magocsi, Paul R. (2010). A History of Ukraine: The Land and Its Peoples. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-1442610217. 

Further reading[edit]

Christian, David. A History of Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia. Blackwell, 1999. Franklin, Simon and Shepard, Jonathon, The Emergence of Rus, 750–1200. (Longman History of Russia, general editor Harold Shukman.) Longman, London, 1996. ISBN 0-582-49091-X Fennell, John, The Crisis of Medieval Russia, 1200–1304. (Longman History of Russia, general editor Harold Shukman.) Longman, London, 1983. ISBN 0-582-48150-3 Jones, Gwyn. A History of the Vikings. 2nd ed. London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1984. Martin, Janet, Medieval Russia
Russia
980–1584. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1993. ISBN 0-521-36832-4 Obolensky, Dimitri (1974) [1971]. The Byzantine
Byzantine
Commonwealth: Eastern Europe, 500-1453. London: Cardinal.  Pritsak, Omeljan. The Origin of Rus'. Cambridge Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1991. Stang, Håkon. The Naming of Russia. Meddelelser, Nr. 77. Oslo: University of Oslo Slavisk-baltisk Avelding, 1996. Alexander F. Tsvirkun E-learning course. History of Ukraine. Journal Auditorium, Kiev
Kiev
2010 Velychenko, Stephen, National history as cultural process : a survey of the interpretations of Ukraine's past in Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian historical writing from the earliest times to 1914" Edmonton,1992. Velychenko, Stephen, "Nationalizing and Denationalizing the Past. Ukraine
Ukraine
and Russia
Russia
in Comparative Context", Ab Imperio 1 (2007). Velychenko, Stephen "New wine old bottle. Ukrainian history Muscovite-Russian Imperial myths and the Cambridge-History of Russia," http://historians.in.ua/index.php/dyskusiya/853-stephen-velychenko-new-wine-old-bottle-ukrainian-history-muscovite-russian-imperial-myths-and-the-cambridge-history-of-russia

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Library of Congress Country Studies website http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/. – Russia

External links[edit]

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Rus' from 980. to 1054. Historical map of Rus'- Ukraine
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from 1220. to 1240. Graphic History of Kievan Rus from c. 800 to 988 at the Wayback Machine (archived November 9, 2013) Rus’, Encyclopedia of Ukraine Ancient Rus: trade and crafts Chronology of Kievan Rus'
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