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Bundle of 3 - History of Russia - Ancient Russia to Catherine the Great

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This is a bundle of 3 highly animated, power point presentations on the History of Russia - Ancient Russia to Catherine the Great. All three presentations together number 55 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.

Early Russia was not exactly "Russia," but a collection of cities that gradually coalesced into an empire. The early history of Russia, is one of migrating peoples and ancient kingdoms. In the early part of the 9th century, a Scandinavian people known as the Varangians crossed the Baltic Sea and landed in Eastern Europe.

The leader of the Varangians was the legendary warrior Rurik, who led his people in 862 to the city of Novgorod on the Volkhov River. From Novgorod, Rurik's successor Oleg extended the power of the city southward. In 882, he gained control of Kiev, a Slavic city that had arisen along the Dnepr River around the 5th century. Oleg's attainment of rule over Kiev marked the first establishment of a unified, dynastic state in the region.

Kiev became the center of a trade route between Scandinavia and Constantinople, and Kievan Rus', as the empire came to be known, flourished for the next 300 hundred years.

Power point #1 is entitled, History of Russia - Ancient Russia contains 19 slides and covers the following:

Early Russia
Kievan Rus’
Vladimir I
Yaroslav the Wise
The Kipchaks
The Mongols Arrive
Invasion Attempts
Moscow
Attack the Tartars
Ivan the Great
Ivan the Terrible
Ivan Defeats the Tartars
Ivan Becomes Terrible
Fyodor & Godunov
Time of Troubles
The Romanovs
End of Presentation

Before Peter the Great, Russia was a strictly agricultural society. It was cut off from year round shipping and sea lanes because it did not have a warm water port. The only real seaport being Archangel in the north in the White Sea, which was frozen over more than half the year.

The Russian Orthodox Church was different from the religions of the rest of Europe. It was based on the Greek Orthodox model, but it was completely separate in its hierarchy and even some of its doctrine. There was devout fear of change among the people and anti-intellectualism was rampant among all classes of society.

Peter the Great was going to change all that! The “Great Man Theory” of history stipulates that it is great individuals who drive history. This idea finds much support in the life of Peter the Great. Peter the Great is one of the prime examples of what the force of a single individual can achieve. He basically dragged, kicking and screaming, an entire society toward modernization of its military, government, behavior, and even its appearance.

Power point #2 is entitled, History of Russia - Key Figures - Peter the Great contains 17 slides and covers the following:

Russia Before Peter the Great
Early Years
Joint Tsar-ship
Tsar Peter of Russia
Rebellion & Executions
Peter’s Return: The Boyars
Peter’s Return: The Streltsy
Peter’s Return: The Church
Administration Reforms
St. Petersburg
Opposition
Death & Legacy
Great Man Theory
Final Legacy
End of Presentation

Yekaterina Alexeyevna or Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great, was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from July 9, 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. Her reign was called Russia's golden age.

She was born in Stettin, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following a coup d'état, at the end of the Seven Years' War, shortly upon which her husband, Peter III, was assassinated.

Catherine is often better remembered for her romantic liaisons than her many accomplishments. Historians have also criticized her for not improving the lives of serfs, who were the majority of the Russian population. Still, Catherine made some significant contributions to Russia, bringing forth educational reforms and championing the arts. As leader, Catherine also extended the country's borders through military might and diplomatic prowess.

Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.

Power point #3 is entitled, History of Russia - Key Figures - Catherine the Great contains 19 slides and covers the following:

Background
Early Years
Becoming Russian Royalty
Catherine’s Marriage
Peters Inept Leadership
Peter Abdicates & Dies
Catherine Assumes Command
Catherine Implements Changes
About Face
Increasingly Hostile
Skilled Diplomat
Romantic Life (2)
Final Years
Death & Burial
Legacy
End of Presentation

This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... the History of Russia.
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