Reference Guide to Russian Literature

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c.86o 1462
Invention of the Cyrillic alphabet Ivan III ("The Great") ruled 1462-1505
c.882 1512-22
Union of Novgorod and Kiev Russo-Polish war
988 1533
Vladimir of Kiev allows establishment of episcopal see in Rus' Ivan IV ("The Terrible") becomes first tsar (ruled 1533-84)
1108 1555
City of Vladimir founded Building of St Basil's cathedral in Moscow begins (completed 1560)
1113 1564
Vladimir II (Monomakh) (ruled 1113-25) Printing of the first book in Moscow
1125 1584
Russian territories divided into conflicting principalities. Founding of Archangel
"Period of Feudal Partition", with Vladimir-Suzdal dominant under the reigns of Iurii Dologorukii ( 1149-57) and Andrei Bogoliubskii ( 1157-74) 1598
Boris Godonov (ruled 1598-1605)
1156 1605-13
Time of the Troubles
Founding of Moscow 1610-12
1221 Moscow under Polish control
Founding of Nizhnii Novgorod 1613
1223 Mikhail (ruled 1613-45) establishes Romanov dynasty
Mongols (Tartars) defeat Galician, Volhynian, and Polovtsian forces at the battle of Kalka 1645
Aleksei (ruled 1645-76)
1240 1682
Destruction of Kiev, resulting in establishment of Mongol control Peter I ("The Great") and Ivan V rule. Peter I sole tsar ( 1696-1725)
1242 Archpriest Avvakum martyred
Defeat of Teutonic Knights by Aleksandr Nevskii 1687
c.1260 Slav-Greek-Latin Academy established in Moscow
New Sari (near present day Volgograd) becomes new capital 1697-98
1325 Peter's Great Embassy to England and Holland
Ivan I (ruled 1325-41) 1703
1380 Founding of St Petersburg
Battle of Kulikovo in which the Tartars are defeated by Prince Dmitrii Donskoi, Grand Prince of Moscow First Russian newspaper
1382 Government transferred to St Petersburg
Moscow recaptured by Tartars 1721
Peace of Nystad ends the Great Northern War
1392 Abolition of Patriarchate
Moscow annexes Suzdal and Nizhnii Novgorod Creation of the Table of Ranks, defining a hierarchy for all in state service
Battle of Tannenberg 1722
1425 Peter I redesignates the tsardom of Muscovy as the Empire of All Russias and becomes the first Emperor
Civil war for the throne of Moscow ( 1425-50)


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