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Russia, Kievan Rus, and the Mongols/Crash Course World History

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Russia, Kievan Rus, and the Mongols/Crash Course World History


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John Green teaches you how Russia evolved from a loose amalgamation of medieval principalities known as the Kievan Rus into the thriving democracy we know today. As you can imagine, there were a few bumps along the road. It turns out, our old friends the Mongols had quite a lot to do with unifying Russia. In yet another example of how surprisingly organized nomadic raiders can be, the Mongols brought the Kievan Rus together under a single leadership and concentrated power in Moscow. This set the stage for the various Ivans (the Great and the Terrible) to throw off the yoke and form a pan-Russian nation ruled by an autocratic leader. More than 500 years later, we still have autocratic leadership in Russia. All this, plus a rundown of some of our favorite atrocities of Ivan the Terrible, and a visit from Putin!

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 8
World History to 1500
10 ) Trace the development of the early Russian state and the expansion of its trade systems.

Examples: rise of Kiev and Muscovy, conversion to Orthodox Christianity, movement of peoples of Central Asia, Mongol conquest, rise of czars

Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: World History to 1500
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Explain the development of the early Russian state and the expansion of its trade systems.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Kievan Rus
  • Muscovy
  • conversion
  • czars
  • Mongols
  • conquest
Students know:
  • The factors that led to the development of the early Russian state.
  • The importance of specific regions and cities on Russia's growth and economic development reasons for Russia's conversion to Orthodox Christianity.
  • Changes in Russian politics, including the rise of czars.
  • The economic, political, and social impacts of the movement of groups in Central Asia.
  • The effects of the Mongol conquest on early Russia.
Students are able to:
  • Analyze textual evidence of primary and secondary sources.
  • Locate places on a map.
  • Identify the effects of religious beliefs and practices on societies.
  • Identify the cause and effect of political, social, and economic changes on a society.
Students understand that:
  • There were important social and political developments of the early Russian state and this expanded its trading system.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.8.10- Locate Russia on a world map; recognize how Russia was important to the interaction of people and trade between Asia and Europe in at least one area.

Tags: autocratic leadership, Ivan the Great and Ivan the Terrible, Kievan Rus, medieval principalities, Putin, Russia
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Author: Ginger Boyd