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RUSS 280 notes for weeks 1 and 2

by: Julia Lensch

RUSS 280 notes for weeks 1 and 2 Russ 280

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Intro to Russian Civilization
Prof. Kalb
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Date Created: 01/29/16
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' o Kiev Church:  Cathedral of St. Sophia, built by Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century  Russia --> Christian o 1054 Schism: Western, Catholic Church, and Eastern Orthodox Church split o Russian Christianity comes from the Eastern Orthodox Church o Greek monks, Cyril and Methodius, bring religion and the alphabet (cyrillic) to Russians o Language called Church Slavonic merges with old Russian --> Russian  Kiev-Caves Monastery (Kiev monks lived here) o society took over and returned it to the Church o founded in the 11th century  Kievan-Rus' 900s-1200s o Trade with Europe o Prince Yaroslav the Wise's daughter, Anna, married the King  Mongol/Tatar Invasion and Yoke o 1237 invasion, 2 centuries of domination o Invasion ceased at Russia (Moscow) o Russia saved Europe o European culture had been stopped, then restarted again  Primary Chronicle o Written by Monk Nestor o Begun c. 1040 and lasted until 1118 o Literature (history):  Saint's Lives  Tale of Olga's Revenge (945)  Igor Tale o Prince Ivor of Novgorod (different Igor) tries unsuccessfully to fight Polovtsians/Kumans in 1185 o Author unknown o Called a forgery by some --> huge debates/arguments over this o 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 2 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 o (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


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