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By Boris Kagarlitsky

Top author Boris Kagarlitsky bargains an bold account of one thousand years of Russian historical past. Encompassing all key sessions in Russia's dramatic improvement, the e-book covers every little thing from early settlers, via medieval decline, Ivan the bad - the 'English Tsar', Peter the good, the Crimean warfare and the increase of capitalism, the revolution, the Soviet interval, ultimately finishing with the go back of capitalism after 1991.Setting Russia in the context of the 'World System', as defined through Wallerstein, this can be a significant paintings of ancient Marxist idea that's set to turn into a destiny vintage.

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Among a great multitude of works on Kievan Rus in the catalogue of Moscow’s Historical Library, you will find scarcely half a dozen books on the ties between Rus and Byzantium. On the route from the Varyags to the Greeks, there is not even one! 68 But trading relations preceded cultural exchanges by at least a century! It could be said that the medieval Russian chroniclers showed a better understanding of the historical process than the scholars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. What is the reason for the extremely limited interest in the ‘Byzantine trail’ in Russian history?

The rivers of the Russian plain, forming a conduit between these two zones, were becoming vitally important for trade. The route from the Varyags to the Greeks was becoming a crucial link in the new, expanding commercial economy, uniting Europe in a single whole. It was not only goods that moved from south to north along these trade routes. Spreading along them as well were civilisation, Christianity, and craft technologies. Alongside the route from Scandinavia to the Black Sea coast, other trade routes as well passed over the huge plain that would later form the basis for the Russian state.

Another route led overland to Western Europe. 10 As is clear, all these routes met and intersected in the area between Novgorod and Kiev. The rapid development of international trade spurred the quick growth of cities, and of intensive links between them. 12 For a product to become a commodity, it needed to be taken from its direct producer; the process involved was either the levying of tribute, or outright theft. Both the Slavs and the Scandinavians, as they expanded to the north-east, began collecting tribute from the local tribes.

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