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14 09, 2017

Who were the Scythians? Central Asian history

By |2019-09-05T05:39:15-07:00September 14th, 2017|Central Asia|0 Comments

Scythian history: A Scythian milking a sheep (Tolstaja Mogila kurgan, Ukraine, 400 BC) Scythians lived in Central Asia The Scythians were a large group of loosely connected people who lived in Russia. They also lived further south around the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.  Like the Hittites, the Greeks and the Germans, they were Indo-Europeans. Powerful in the Iron Age We [...]

3 08, 2017

Late medieval Russia – History

By |2018-04-24T09:09:10-07:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Church of Yuriev-Polsky (1200s) By the 1200s AD, Russia was weak from civil wars. So the Mongols attacked Russia and forced the eastern part into the Mongol empire. The Mongol empire made it even easier to trade across Asia, and the Russians continued to get rich from this trade. But in the early 1300s, the trade [...]

3 08, 2017

Medieval Russia

By |2017-08-03T10:10:21-07:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Santa Sophia in Kiev (modern Ukraine) As the new country of Poland got stronger and stronger in the late 900s AD, it became more of a threat to Russia. The powerful Polish king Boleslaw conquered all the way east to Kiev (KEY-ev). So gradually the new country of Russia got to be more and more friendly with the Byzantine [...]

2 08, 2017

Early Medieval Russia

By |2017-08-02T14:45:48-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Ukrainian landscape In 500 BC, we might have called the people living in Russia Scythians. But then between about 300 and 800 AD, a lot of people passed through Russia. Most of them were moving from Central Asia towards Europe, from east to west. One after another, the Ostrogoths, the Avars, the Huns, and the Magyars all passed through Russia. But all [...]

2 08, 2017

Magyars – Early Medieval Hungary

By |2017-08-02T14:17:41-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Ural mountains In the Early Middle Ages, Turkic and Mongol people in Central Asia were moving westward, pushing out Indo-European people - and other people - who had been living there. The Magyars, who were probably distant cousins of the Turkic people, had been living in the Ural Mountains. But the Gokturks and other Turkic people like the Khazars pushed [...]