Please note this week's assignment schedule:
Wednesday 12/3 - Please watch the first part of the History Channel's "Russia, Land of the Tsars" before class begins. While viewing, please answer the following questions:
- Where does Vladimir believe his power as a ruler comes from?
- What does Vladimir do after visiting the city of Constantinople?
- What impact did the Mongol warriors have on the Russian armies?
- How was the city of Moscow founded?
- In 1325, what deal does Moscow’s prince, Ivan I, make with the Mongols?
- In 1380, what event does Prince Dmitri of Moscow lead? What is the outcome of this event?
- How and when does Russia gain independence from the Mongol Empire? Who is responsible for this event?
- What title does Ivan III take for himself? What does this title signify?
- What happens to Constantinople in 1453? What does this event signify for the Byzantine Emperor?
- What does Ivan III do after the Byzantine Emperor falls? Who does he take as a wife?
- How does Ivan III transform Moscow into the "third Rome?"
- How does Ivan III change life for farmers in rural areas of Russia?
- What happens after the death of Ivan III? How is Ivan IV affected by his father's death?
- Under Ivan IV, where was political power concentrated? How did boyars receive their positions?
- How does the Russian empire expand under the reign of Ivan IV?
- Why did Ivan IV construct the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (Saint Basil’s Cathedral)? What does this cathedral become a symbol of?
- Why does Ivan IV denounce his thrown? Under what conditions does Ivan IV return to the throne?
- How does Ivan IV change as a ruler when he returns to the throne? Explain.
- For nearly eight years Ivan IV waged war against his own people. How did this destruction affect Russia’s ability to defeat its enemy, the Tatars?
- How did Ivan IV contribute to the death of his beloved son?
Thursday 12/4 - Please watch the second part of the History Channel's "Russia, Land of the Tsars" before class begins. While viewing, please answer the following questions:
- What happens in Russia during the “Time of Troubles?
- How long did the Romanov dynasty rule in Russian? What was their legacy?
- What is a “serf?” Explain the origins and ramifications of “serfdom” in Moscow.
- What was the relationship between Peter the Great and his half-sister, Sophia? With his half brother, Ivan V?
- What happened the first time Russia attacked the Turks for control of Azov, a port on the Black Sea?
- What happened the second time Russia attacked the Turks for control of Azov? What does Peter the Great learn from this experience?
- Why did Peter the Great often pose as a common sailor?
- What did Peter the Great learn in Western Europe?
- Why does Peter’s “European apprenticeship” abruptly end?
- After returning to Russia, how does Peter attempt to Westernize the empire?
- What was the outcome of the first conflict between Peter the Great and Russia versus King Charles XII of Sweden?
- Explain the significance of the construction of St. Petersburg.
Friday 12/5 - Please watch the third part of the History Channel's "Russia, Land of the Tsars" before class begins. While viewing, please answer the following questions:
- How did Peter the Great's daughter, Elizabeth, seize power?
- Who did Elizabeth choose as the heir to the Russian Empire?
- What characteristics made Peter III an unfit heir to the Russian throne?
- Who becomes the wife of Peter III?
- How does Catherine the Great seize power from her husband?
- What changes does Catherine the Great make when she becomes czara?
- How does Catherine the Great further Enlightenment ideals in Russia?
- Why was human rights an explosive idea in Russia?
- Why is Catherine the Great unable to free the Russian serfs?
- What happens when Napoleon meets the Russian army in Moscow? Which side is victorious?
Monday 12/8 - Please watch the fourth part of the History Channel's "Russia, Land of the Tsars" before class begins. After viewing, please write a 1-paragraph summary.
Tuesday 12/9 - Please read and take Cornell notes on 4.3 "Monarchy in England" before class begins. In addition, write approximately half of a page explaining what made Frederick II of Prussia unique in the context of eighteenth century Europe.