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Alexander Zubarev Chapter 18 outline The 1st sentence in the chapter is too basic Russias land empire was formed between 1480 and 1783 to be exact Also Poland continued to rival Russia until it got divided between three powers Lithuania didnt Instead Russia and Poland competed for the influence of Lithuania each demonstrating Orthodox and Catholic religions respectively Poland won the diplomatic battle and pagan Lithuania became Catholic However Russia won the influence of Ukraine and Ukraine became Orthodox As a final result of these challenges Lithuania was annexed and Poland divided--all by Catherine the Great Anyway I was correct in saying in Chapter 9 that the culture of Kievan Rus was more boring than that of the Byzantine Empire This is correct but the latter is gone for more than 450 years now while Russia stands to this day Mongol control never reshaped basic Russian values for the rulers were interested in tribute not full government Correct In Chapter 9 outline I said that it is important not to place too much emphasis on Mongol rule in Russia and this quote proves my point of view Ivan the Great liberated most of Russia from the Mongol rule assumed control of ALL Orthodox churches and was the 1st official czar tsar of the Russian people He is worthy of being titled Great Unlike his successor he also restored the economy not by conquest previously destroyed by the Mongols Ivan the Terrible is definitely worthy of the title Terrible although not by means that most people think of The book talks about the negative aspects of the czar but there were just as many if not more positive characteristics True in the 2nd part of his reign he killed nobility being the first version of Stalin Just like Stalin he was also paranoid However unlike Stalin he never killed some 20000000 of ordinary innocent people He actually went out of Moscow because he was afraid of
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