HIS 111
Unit 8:  Russia 

 
Kremlin
The Kremlin in Moscow, in winter, from the Moscow River side.
Ashton Fleming had identified the structures in the photo for extra credit.
 
Blue Separator Bar
 
What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • You may listen to some further information about Byzantium and Eastern Europe from my HIS 101 course.
  • Post (or respond) your thoughts/ideas about this unit's reading and assignment in the Blackboard online discussion forum.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
  • Byzantium, the Lost Empire
  • See the videos dealing with Russia in the HIS 241 course.
  • For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the URL and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
Extra Credit Options
  • For up to 25 points of extra credit, in a one-page paper (maybe two pages), summarize the main issues of the Iconoclasm dispute that took place in the eighth century, using such sources as the Catholic Encyclopedia, John of Damascus, the Decree of the Second Council of Nicaea, or any other sources you wish to use.  Please be sure to cite your sources.
  • For up to 25 points of extra credit, read the short version of the Russkaia pravda (the earliest Russian law code) and write a one-page paper. Compare and contrast this early Russian law code with other law codes such as Hammurabi, the Ten Commandments, etc. 
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read Grand Prince Vladimir Monomakh's Testament and write a paragraph in which you explain the Grand Prince's conception of the political state.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read Procopius: The Plague, 542, from his History of the Wars, and write a paragraph in which you assess the impact of the plague on Roman/Byzantine society.  If you want a lot of extra credit, you can do some research and compare this account of the plague with accounts of the Black Death that struck Europe in the 1340s.
  • For up to 5 points of extra credit, you can submit the answers to the Russian Primary Chronicle study questions.  Please write in formal, complete sentences.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
Unit Learning Objectives
  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the key characteristics in the development of Kievan Rus' and (2) analyze a historical source.
 
 

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