What were the three groups of Slavs
West Slavs - Poles and Czech
South Slavs - Yugo Slavs - Balkan region
East Slavs - Russian ancestors Black and Baltic Sea
What is the name of the Swedish Noresmen that attacked the East Slavs river communities of Russia?
The Kievan area of city states became know as Russia. Where did this name maybe come from?
The name the Slavs gave the norsemen Rus meaning rowers
Was Kievan area strongly influenced by the Byzantine Empire?
Yes - close commercial contact developed close cultural ties.
What Kievan ruler adopted Byzantine Christianity?
Vladimir I in 988 because of this Rome had very little influence. Russia primarily followed Eastern Church
Where did the Slavs get there alphabet?
Cyril and Methodius (byzantine missionaries) who developed it from the Greek Alphabet
What were some of Yaroslav's accomplishments?
Russian Code of Laws - Slavic tribal laws and Byantine Law
Negotiated marriage alliances
Constructed their own Hagia Sophia
What was a big blow to Early Russia?
The Tartars - Mongolian tribe that attacked and destroyed Kiev in 1240 and ruled Russia until 1400