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RUSS 280 Study Guide for Exam I

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Intro to Russian Civilization
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STUDY GUIDE FOR RUSS 280 EXAM I Varangians invited Riurik (862) to rule Riurik Dynasty  Son named Igor married Olga  Had a child named Sviatoslav at Riurik's death  Relative, Oleg, governs for Igor until he is old enough  Sviatoslav has a son named Vladimir  Vladimir christianizes all of Russia in 988  In 882, Oleg captures Kiev for Igor under Sviatoslav's empire which then spreads  Kiev becoes the dominant city -> Kievan Rus'  Kiev Church:  Cathedral of St. Sophia, built by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century  Russia --> Christian  1054 Schism: Western, Catholic Church, and Eastern Orthodox Church split  Russian Christianity comes from the Eastern Orthodox Church  Greek monks, Cyril and Methodius, bring religion and the alphabet (cyrillic) to Russians  Language called Church Slavonic merges with old Russian --> Russian  Kiev-Caves Monastery (Kiev monks lived here)  society took over and returned it to the Church  founded in the 11th century  Kievan-Rus' 900s-1200s  Trade with Europe  Prince Yaroslav the Wise's daughter, Anna, married the King  Mongol/Tatar Invasion and Yoke  1237 invasion, 2 centuries of domination  Invasion ceased at Russia (Moscow)  Russia saved Europe  European culture had been stopped, then restarted again  Primary Chronicle  Written by Monk Nestor  Begun c. 1040 and lasted until 1118  Literature (history):  Saint's Lives  Tale of Olga's Revenge (945)  Igor Tale  Prince Ivor of Novgorod (different Igor) tries unsuccessfully to fight Polovtsians/Kumans in 1185  Author unknown  Called a forgery by some --> huge debates/arguments over this  Style may remind you of Homer's epic poem, "The Iliad" The Russian Orthodox Church --> Church Schism of 1054  Christian  Orthodox = "right-believing"  Russian Orthodox Church was the official church of Russian empire until 1917  After Soviet Union fell, there was no religion, but apparently it hadn't died  Accepted all Christian creeds before 1054  Saints are important  Create art for the glory of god  Church services, you stand toe entire time  Music is mainly human voice and occasionally hand bells  Used Latin for all services in their own vernacular  Russian Church follows Julian calendar (13 days after Gregorian)  Icon = Image  Goal of icon is human's communication with God Icons  First icons in Russia came from Byzantium, Eastern Roman Empire, seat of Eastern Orthodox Church  Several periods (famous) of Russian icon-painting Early Kievan Period, Icon Painting  Strong Byzantine influence  Very few remain  Our Lady of Vladimir, c. 1120  Painted in Constantinople, taken to Russia, taken to Kremlin  Angel of the Golden Hair, Novgorod, 12th century Novgorod Art  14th-16th century  Byzantine and folk influences  Theophanes the Greek -> most important artists, came to Russia from Constantinople  Known for his frescos (14th century)  1378 Christ  St. George and the Dragon  Brighten colors, more complex drawing than in earlier Kievan styles Moscow School of Icon Painting  Moscow becomes leading city in 15th century  Greatest icon painting in 16th century Adrei Rublev  Old Testament Trinity (15th century)  Most famous icon Dionysius, late 15th century  Icons and frescos  The Last Judgement "Life of Alexis, Man of God"  Many versions throughout Russia's medieval period  Originally 5th century Syriac, then translated to Greek, then Latin, and then French  Translated and adapted throughout many countries  Self-sacrifice, renunciation of self, wealth, importance  19th century novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky's character  Play done of "Alexis, Man of God" presented to Czar Alexei Mickhailovich of Russia in 1674 Rise of Moscow  1100s-1380 Mongols dominate  Princes of Moscow defeat them  Moscow takes shape in 1100s: small city with big wall  Kremlin = fortress  Red Square is outside Kremlin, one side backs up to Kremlin wall Early Moscow  Moscow first mentioned in Primary Chronicle  Prince Yuri Dolgowky lays foundations for its walls Ivan Kalita (Moneybags)  Money manager  Keeps a lot of money for Russians and doesn't give all to the Mongols  Ransom Russian prisoners, settles them in territory  Convinces head of Russian Church to abandon Kiev for Moscow  (1326)--> Moscow becomes spiritual center of Russia, the "Third Rome" (1453)  1453 --> Constantinople falls to Ottoman Turks Dimitrii Donskoy  Wins battle between Russians and Mongols  Marks end of Mongol Yoke  Beginning of Muscovite state Ivan IV Ivan Grozni (the Terrible) 1533-1584  Crowned czar at age 16 and marries Anastasia Romanova (she dies)  He abandons throne and is begged to return  His conditions: secret police (oprichnina), tsar's right to punish as he wished  6 wives --> kills sons and heirs Time of Troubles (follows Ivan IV's death)  1598 --> Boris Godunov seizes the throne  Ivan's youngest son, Dmitrii, his body was found and many thought Godunoc had killed him (1591)  1601 Grigorii Otrepev poses as Dmitrii  1605 "false Dmitrii" made czar  1606 murdered, chaos ensued  Subject of Pushkin's play, "Boris Godunov" Beginning of Romanov Dynasty (1613-1913) Alexander Pushkin, Boris Godunov  Pushkin 1799-1837  Greatest Russian poet, "father of Russian literature"  Writes Boris Godunov, 1825, published 1831, performed 1866  Mussorgskyk's 1874 opera based on that play The Schism and Avvakum's Life Russian Church Schism  Russian got its Orthodox Christian faith from the Greek Orthodox Church (Cyril and Methodius => Greek monks)  Errors in translations from Greek to Slavonic  Czar Alexei Mikhailovich established a commission to make corrections  In 1652, Czar appoints Nikon the Patriarch  Nikon makes reforms => returned to original Greek manuscript so he could start fresh and error-free  Controversial reforms:  Russians should cross themselves with 3 fingers instead of 2  Changing spelling of Jesus' name from Isus to Iisus The Raskol (Schism, split)  Czar supported the reforms  BUT, a group of priests and Avvakum did not support them  Priests accused Nikon of heresy  Results in the raskol or split of 1653 when Avvakum and his co-believers ("Old Believers") refuse to accept reforms  Raskol => Raskolnikov  Doestoevsky's character Raskolnikov in the 1866 novel Crime and Punishment => he has a divided, or split, soul Old Believers  Thought Nikon was the Antichrist and rejected the official church  Thousands of Old Believers were burned alive in later 17 century  Avvakum burned at the stake in 1682 Avvakum  The aristocratic Morozava took him under his wing and she had protected him  Soon enough, she was caught then tortured and was starved to death  Avvakum lived 1621-1682  Becomes priest at age 23 from Nizhnyi Novgorod, Russia  Becomes archpriest, serving in the Kazan Cathedral of the Kremlin, in Moscow  Avvakum in Moscow when Nikon begins his reforms Avvakum's Exile  Opposes Nikon's orders to reform  Imprisoned in Moscow  Banished for 11 years to Tobolsk and Dauria in Siberia with wife, Natasya Markovna, and their children Final Years and the Autobiography  1658: Nikon removed as Partiarch  1664: Avvakum returns to Moscow, czar wants to reconcile  Still don't agree on reforms  Avvakum exiled again, then imprisoned  Excommunicated 1666-1667  Spends last 15 years of his life imprisoned in Pustozersk, writes autobiography Death of Avvakum: Burned at the Stake, 1682  Myasoedov, "The Burning of the Archpriest Avvakum," 1897 Avvakum's Autobiography  For nearly 200 years, the manuscript of Avvakum's Life circulated privately in Old Believer's communities  Became more widely known in 1861 => N.S. Tikhonravov (Russian historian) published the first ever printed edition  Feature of the text:  Pride in simple, colloquial Russian  Uses Church Slavonic  Lively, vivid style  First modern work in Russian literature  Traditional saint's life format; however, he wrote it himself Peter the Great (ruled 1682-1725)  Created New capital city, St. Petersburg  Rejects Moscow and closed off Medieval Russia  Turns Russia into an empire  Transformed army, navy, judicial system, and local government  Created academies and forced people to attend them  Reshaped his country  He travelled around Europe and learned how to build ships Foundations of St. Petersburg (1703)  Remains Russian capital and home of the czars until 1917 revolution  Built on swamps in an inaccessible place, many died  Wanted a port  Modelled after Western Europe  Window to the West  "Venice of the North"  Built on canals  Brings in Western Architects (based on classical models such as Rome)  Gardens filled with important ancient statues  Big marble/columned buildings Moscow vs. St. Petersburg Circular, medieval, Lines, new European/Western, Old, eastern, sprawling planned (had numbered streets) Catherine II (the Great) (rules 1762-1796)  German princes deposes husband, Peter III (weak, had enemies, creepy)  Intelligent, strong-willed, practical, energetic, determined  Masters Russian and writes plays  Russia expands during her role Enlightenment Rules in Touch with Europe  Enlightenment (age of reason) associated with Catherine in Russia  Influence of French culture: Voltaire, Diderot (left, meeting Catherine)  Catherine correspond with many of leading Enlightenment intellectuals of Europe  Russia again fully a part of Europe - as it was under early Kievan princes - th happens throughout 17 century, frenetically hastened by Peter, flourishes under Catherine  Reason, scientific inquiry => founding of academics, universities, academies for women  Faith in human reason Catherine puts up a status, "Bronze Horseman" 1782 "To Peter I from Catherine II" (in Latin) Status of poised Peter on granite while riding a horse Created by Falconet Pushkin (1789) th Russian Literature in 18 Century  As century begins, literature church-oriented; churches control printing press, no audience for serious secular literature  Literature => Europeanized (imitating Europe and using them as a model)  Turn away from Russia's own literacy models: European models rather than Old Russian literature, primary chronicles and saints' lives  Direct influence at first => Poland, then France and Germany  Verse, then drama, the prose genres developing, memoirs, histories  1730s and 1740s --> Russians draw on models from European literature of late 16 and early 17 centuries th  By end of 18 century they have pretty much caught up with Western Europe and producing similar sort of literature Gavrila Derzhavian: Neo-Classicism in Russian Culture  Writes Horatian Ode; modelled after Latin poet Horace  Felicity 1782 --> example th Changes of the 18 Century Makes Pushkin Possible  Pushkin 1799-1837  Greatest Russian poet, "father of Roman literature"  Noble family, and nanny important  Rebel --> internal exile (czar didn't like what he was writing) --> meant he missed 1825  Czar Nicholas I summons him to meeting and allows him to come back under one condition => he be Pushkin's personal censor  1831 => Pushkin marries Natalia  1833 => finishes tale of St. Petersburg (Bronze Horseman)  Rumor that Pushkin's wife was having an affair and Pushkin believed the rumor and challenged the man to a duel in 1837. He dies two days later due to internal injuries  Decembrist Rebellion (Rebellion against czar)  Czar Nicholas I was his censor  Pushkin dies in a duel (1837)  Decembrist wives => many idolized them because they followed their husbands into exile  What happens in poem? => "I'm going to build St. Petersburg," "I love you"  The flood (city build on river with waterways and then there is a big storm)  Giffgain => wants to marry the beautiful Perasha  After the flood, Giffgain tries to find her, but finds her hut destroyed (she died in the flood)  Giffgain then goes to the Bronze Horseman and yells at him blaming Perasha's death on him. The statue then comes alive and tramples and kills Giffgain.


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