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For centuries, Russia has straddled both Europe and Asia, two continents that are divided by the Ural Mountains. In a sense, there are two Russian homelands. One is the present-day state of Russia, which coincides with territory inhabited by ethnic Russians.
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Much of European Russia west of the Urals was part of a medieval state known as Kievan Rus', which existed from the late ninth century to the thirteenth century.
During the Kievan period, Orthodox Christianity reached Russia and that religion remained intimately connected with whatever state or culture developed on Russian territory until the twentieth century.
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It was in a northern part of Kievan Rus', the Duchy of Muscovy, that the birth of a specifically Russian state can be found. The state-building process began in the late thirteenth century, when the Duchy of Muscovy began to consolidate its power and expand its territory. The expansion proved to be phenomenal.
By the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the growing state included lands along the Baltic Sea, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and large parts of Poland. The country's borders also moved beyond the Ural Mountains into Siberia, a vast land whose annexation together with Central Asia the Caucasus region were completed in the nineteenth century.
As the country grew, it also changed its name from the Duchy to the Tsardom of Muscovy and in it became the Russian Empire. The grand dukes became the tsars of Muscovy, who in turn became emperors of the Russian Empire.
Although the rulers of the empire were formally called emperors imperatorthey were still popularly referred to as tsars or tsarinas. In Novembera second revolution took place, led by the Bolsheviks and headed by a revolutionary named Vladimir Lenin. The Bolshevik Revolution was opposed by a significant portion of the population, and the result was a Civil War that began in and lasted until early In the end, the Bolsheviks were victorious, and in late they created a new state, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Union consisted of several national republics, the largest of which was called Russia. Beyond the Russian republic many inhabitants, especially in the western regions of the Soviet Union, continued to identify themselves as Russians.
The new Soviet state proclaimed the establishment of Communism worldwide as its goal. It intended to achieve that goal by promoting Bolshevik-style revolutions abroad. Since many countries feared such revolutions, they refused to recognize Bolshevik rule.
Thus, the Soviet Union was isolated from the rest of the world community for nearly 20 years.
Following the Allied victory, the Soviets emerged alongside the United States as one of the two most powerful countries in the world. For nearly the next half-century, the world was divided between two camps: By the s, the centralized economic and political system of the Soviet Union was unable to function effectively.
Ina new communist leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, tried desperately to reform the system but failed. He did set in motion, however, a new revolution, bringing such enormous changes that by late the Soviet Union disappeared as a country. In its place, each of the former Soviet republics became an independent country, and among the new countries was Russia.
During the eighteenth century, Russian traders and missionaries crossing Siberia reached Alaska, which became a colony of the Russian Empire. By the first permanent Russian settlement was founded on Kodiak, a large island off the Alaskan coast.
In the Russian government sold Alaska to the United States, and most Russians in Alaska whose numbers never exceeded returned home. Russian influence persisted in Alaska, however, in the form of the Orthodox Church, which succeeded in converting as many as 12, of the native Inuit and Aleut people.relating to human rights, civic attitudes, political memory, human trafficking, gender relations, and other current issues in Russia and Estonia) Data Analysis Consultant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, May-September ““Together, these essays open new areas of investigation and new ways of looking at gender and Russian culture.
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analysis of late Soviet gender. generation viewed gender as categories, “that is, as communities or classes of individuals endowed with specific biological and psychological characteristics”—men and women.7 Masculinity shifted and became a part of Soviet culture, its clash with Bolshevik ideology.
Themes will include: gender and nation, political repression during dictatorship, globalization and the cinema, youth culture in the Southern Cone, and representations of race and ethnicity, immigration and identity in contemporary cinema.
Anna Krylova is Associate Professor of Modern Russian History at Duke University. She works on twentieth-century Russia and the challenges posed in envisioning and building a socialist alternative in the age of industrial and post-industrial modernity and globalization.
The younger generation that came of age during the perestroika of the late s and early s had the highest scores in masculinity and the lowest scores in paternalism. Individuals employed in business had higher uncertainty avoidance than people in the university sector.
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