Russian History Timeline

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476
End of the Western Roman Empire
510
Muhammad starts receiving the Qur’an through divine revelation: Origin of Islam
800
Charlemagne is crowned emperor: key moment in the emergence of the medieval West.
862
Riurik the Varangian founds the first Rus’ dynasty (legendary).
988
Conversion of Kievan Rus’ to Orthodoxy.
1054
Final, official schism of the Orthodox and Catholic churches.
1066
Norman conquest of England.
1237-40
Mongol conquest Kievan Rus’: End of the Kievan era.
1328
Ivan Kalita (= “moneybags”) of Moscow becomes grand prince of Rus’: confirms Moscow’s primacy among Rus’ principalities.
appr. 1300-1500
Italian renaissance.
1453
Constantinople falls to the Ottoman Turks: end of the Byzantine Empire.
1478
Ivan III of Moscow conquers Novgorod: Muscovy now rules Rus’.
1517
Start of the Protestant Reformation.
1547-84
Reign of Ivan IV (“The Terrible”).
1605-13
Time of Troubles.
1649
Law Code confirms the enserfment of the Russian peasantry.
1653
Patriarch Nikon’s church reform triggers the schism of the Orthodox Church.
1689
Peter I (“The Great”) Becomes Tsar.
1917
Communist revolution in Russia.
1991
End of communism and breakup of the Soviet Union.
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