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Russian Rulers History Podcast by Mark Schauss

Russian Rulers History Podcast

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With such a long, rich history it can be daunting for even the most dedicated students of history to gain a proper understanding of Russia and her people. Thankfully, the Russian Ruler’s podcast offers an accessible entryway, focused through the biographical lens of Russia’s key political leaders, artists, and writers. From Ivan the Terrible, to Leo Tolstoy, to Joseph Stalin, to Vladimir Putin, host Mark Schauss guides listeners on a panoramic view, using these biographies as a means of demonstrating the close ties between Russia itself and the great figures that have led her to world prominence.


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Episode 183 - The Russian Civil War Part 2 - The Belligerents - The Red's and Black's

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Mar 08, 2017


In today's podcast, we talk about the leaders of the Red's, the Black's and the Poles.

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Episode 182 - The Russian Civil War, Part 1 - The Belligerents - The Whites

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Jan 25, 2017


We will begin the discussion about the Russian Civil War with the commanders of the White Army's.

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Episode 181 - Tsar Paul - Was He Such a Bad Guy After All?

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Jan 18, 2017


Today, we review the reign of Tsar Paul, son of Catherine the Great.

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Episode 180 - Three Alexander's and a Nicholas In Between

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jan 02, 2017


The three Tsar's named Alexander and Nicholas I, helped steer their dynasty towards its doom.

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Episode 179 - Nicholas II - Who Could Have Done it Better?

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Nov 10, 2016


Which previous Russian Ruler could have saved the Romanov's? We look at seven potentials.

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Episode 178 - Lenin - Could You Stay A Little While Longer?

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Sep 18, 2016


Today we ask the question, what if? What if Vladimir Lenin had lived another 10 or 20 years longer. What would that have done to the history of the Soviet Union?

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Episode 177 - The Henchman of Khrushchev and Stalin - Part 2

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Aug 08, 2016


Henchmen Mikoyan, Molotov, Suslov, Voroshilov and Zhdanov get covered today.

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Episode 176 - The Henchmen of Stalin & Khrushchev - Part 1

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 24, 2016


The henchmen of Stalin and Khrushchev were to be complicit in the murder of millions of people during the 1920's through the 50's.

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Episode 175 - Charlatan, Con Man, Murderer - Trofim Lysenko

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 26, 2016


Trofim Lysenko was one of the greatest charlatans of all time. He set back Soviet biology for decades.

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Episode 174 - Getting Older by the Minute - Leonid Brezhnev

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 05, 2016


As the Soviet leadership ages, the USSR is caught in a stagnant and corrupt era.

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Episode 173 - A Rotten Stinking Mess, Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, May 23, 2016


During the era of stagnation, the USSR was ruled by three men, Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko.

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Episode 172 - A Collapsing Empire - Mikhail Gorbachev

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, May 03, 2016


In today's podcast we take another look at the life and times of Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Episode 171 - Communist, Rebel and Capitalist Wanna Be - Boris Yeltsin

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 10, 2016


We review the life and legacy of the first Russian President, Boris Yeltsin.

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Podcast Update

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Mar 01, 2016


A quick update on the podcast future.

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Episode 170 - No Foreseeable End - Vladimir Putin

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jan 17, 2016


We will be retracing all of the Russian Rulers, in reverse, starting with Vladimir Putin. This series will be more subjective than past episodes.

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Episode 169 - The History of Ukraine - Part Two

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Nov 16, 2015


Ukraine has suffered through numerous wars and famines throughout the years. It helps explain what is going on there today.

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Episode 168 - The History of Ukraine - Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Oct 04, 2015


Ukraine is as much of a part of the history of Russia, as Russia is itself. Join us as we cover its 1000+ history.

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Episode 167 - Famines in Russia and the Soviet Union

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Sep 13, 2015


Famines have been a driving force behind many societal changes in Russian history. We will cover five major ones in today's podcast.

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Episode 166 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Three

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Aug 24, 2015


Pushkin is deep in debt, gets married, censored by the government then dies in a duel at the age of 37.

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Episode 165 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Two

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Aug 09, 2015


Pushkin graduated from the Lycee but falls into a life of debauchery and liberalism that gets him into lots of trouble.

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Episode 164 - Alexander Pushkin - Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 12, 2015


In today's podcast, we cover the early years of one of Russia's greatest poets, Alexander Pushkin.

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Episode 163 - Leo Tolstoy - The Later Years of Transformation

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 14, 2015


This episode follows the last years of one of the greatest writers in history, Leo Tolstoy.

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Episode 162 - Leo Tolstoy - Marriage, War and Peace and Anna Karenina

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, May 31, 2015


Tolstoy's marriage is somewhat infamous. What is not are two of his greatest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

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Episode 161 - Leo Tolstoy - Manhood Part II

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Apr 30, 2015


Leo Tolstoy heads to the Crimean War in Sevastopol, then takes two trips through Europe.

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Episode 160 - Leo Tolstoy - Manhood - Part 1

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 12, 2015


Leo Tolstoy submits his first book, Childhood, for publication. It is met with wild enthusiasm.

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Episode 159 - Leo Tolstoy - Boyhood and Youth

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Mar 03, 2015


Leo Tolstoy deals with growing up, moving to Kazan and deciding what to do with his life.

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Episode 158 - Leo Tolstoy - Childhood and Boyhood

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Feb 23, 2015


Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers in world history had quite a tumultuous childhood.

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Episode 157 - Life on the Russian Country Estate - Part Two

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Feb 02, 2015


In this episode, we concentrate on the serfs and their life on the Russian country estate.

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Episode 156 - The Russian Country Estate - Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sat, Jan 03, 2015


The Russian country estate before the Russian Revolution was a beautiful place for the noble family.

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Episode 155 - Leon Trotsky - Ouster to End

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Dec 08, 2014


Leon Trotsky goes from one of the most powerful men in Russia to being in exile and finally murdered in 1940.

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Episode 154 - Leon Trotsky - 1905-1917

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Dec 02, 2014


Between 1905 and 1817 Trotsky escaped from Siberia and headed to Europe awaiting the right moment to return to Russia.

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Episode 153 - Leon Trotsky - Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Nov 17, 2014


Today, we cover the early years of Lev Bronstein, known to us as Leon Trotsky.

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Episode 152 - The Life of Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Oct 26, 2014


Feodor Dostoyevsky is considered one of the literary giants of Russia. His sometimes tragic life inspired many of his incredible writings.

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Episode 151 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the 1812 Overture

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Oct 06, 2014


Starting a new series on the culture of Russia, we begin with the legendary composer and musician, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

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Episode 150 - The Mongol Invasion - Did it Really Matter?

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Sep 15, 2014


In today's podcast we discuss whether the Mongol Invasion of 1240 had any impact on Russia.

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Episode 149 - The Crimean War - The Aftermath

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Aug 17, 2014


The aftermath of the Crimean War caused a shift in power within Europe with clear winners and losers.

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Episode 148 - The Crimean War - The End

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Aug 10, 2014


The war, dragging on for almost 2 years, needed to come to an end. The men were dying of disease and botched military planning. It was time.

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Episode 147 - The Crimean War - Part Seven

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 13, 2014


The Crimean War was now at a standstill with the allies squabbling amongst themselves.

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Slap Shot Episode - The Light Brigade

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 29, 2014


The Charge of the Light Brigade was a famous incident during the Battle of Balaclava. Today, I read the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Last of the Light Brigade by Rudyard Kipling.

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Episode 146 - The Crimean War - Part Six

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jun 23, 2014


The Battles of Balaklava and Inkerman and the Charge of the Light Brigade are covered in today's podcast.

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Episode 145 - The Crimean War - Part Five

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jun 02, 2014


The Battle of Alma was a decisive allied win but it gave them a sense of overconfidence that would soon turn to dread.

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Episode 144 - The Crimean War - The Leaders

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 01, 2014


Today's podcast will give you a background on the leaders of the combatants in the Crimean War.

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Episode 143 - The Crimean War - Part Four

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, May 20, 2014


We now cover the beginning of the war and the incompetency of the diplomats and rulers who could have stopped the carnage.

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Episode 142 - The Crimean War - Part Three

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Apr 30, 2014


The events leading up to the conflict were avoidable but bungling and religious fervor stole the day.

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Episode 140 - How's He Do It?

markaschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 13, 2014


Today's podcast gives the listener a description of how Mark Schauss puts on an episode of the show.

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Episode 141 - The Crimean War - Part Two

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 13, 2014


The causes of the war and a description of the enormity of it and the suffering are discussed.

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Episode 139 - The Crimean War - Part One - A Short History of Crimea

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sat, Mar 29, 2014


Today's podcast goes over the history of Crimea and talks about the reasons for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

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Episode 138 - The Enserfment of the Russian Peasant

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Mar 09, 2014


The enserfment of the Russian peasant is the saddest and most tragic event in Russian history.

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Episode 137 - A Very Brief History of Belarus

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Mar 02, 2014


Belarus has been part of Russian history for a long time. Here is a brief review of it.

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Episode 136 - The Battle of Borodino

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Feb 10, 2014


The Battle of Borodino was the turning point of Napoleon's invasion of Russia.

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Episode 135 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part 2

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Feb 02, 2014


The three leading generals of the Napoleonic era were Bagration, Barclay de Tolly and Mikhail Kutuzov.

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Episode 134 - The Russian Imperial Army

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Jan 21, 2014


The Russian Imperial Army founded by Peter the Great has a long but mixed history.

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Episode 133 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jan 05, 2014


Today's podcast follows the lives of three of the six great generals, Chichagov, Wittgenstein and Tormasov.

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Episode 132 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin - Part 2

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Dec 20, 2013


Rasputin's purported influence over the Tsar and Tsarina leads to his murder by members of the Russian aristocracy.

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Episode 131 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin, Part 1

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Dec 08, 2013


Rasputin's life and murder is one of the most controversial in world history. Here we try to set the record straight.

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Episode 130 - Was the Starets Feodor Kuzmich Really Alexander I

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Oct 27, 2013


The death of Alexander I has long been a mystery. Did he fake his death and become a starets named Feodor Kuzmich to atone for his role in his father Paul I's murder?

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Episode 129 - The Four Rebellions - A Final Discussion

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Oct 06, 2013


In today's podcast we review the rebellions and discuss why they happened and corollaries to today's world events.

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Episode 128 - The Pugachev Rebellion

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Sep 30, 2013


The Pugachev Rebellion reached incredible heights of violence only to be crushed, with Pugachev betrayed by his own men.

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Episode 127 - The Pugachev Rebellion - Part 1

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Sep 22, 2013


The Pugachev Rebellion was the largest of its kind in Russia until the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.

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Episode 126 - The Bulavin Rebellion

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Sep 09, 2013


The Bulavin Rebellion, while the smallest of the four, was the one that might have succeeded if a few things came out differently.

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Episode 125 - The Rebellion of Stenka Razin

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Sep 02, 2013


Stenka Razin, a Don Cossack ataman, led a large insurgent army towards Moscow to save the Tsar and get rid of the evil boyars.

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Episode 124 - The Bolotnikov Rebellion - 1606-7

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Aug 19, 2013


The Bolotnikov rebellion was the first of four major rebellions to hit Russia between 1600-1800.

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Episode 123 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 4

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss)
Mon, Aug 12, 2013


From 1894 to present day, the ROC almost disappeared. Today, it is vibrant and international.

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Episode 122 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 3

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Aug 04, 2013


The Church went through years of decay post Peter the Great. Numerous schismatic groups flourished throughout Russia.

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Episode 121 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 2

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 21, 2013


The Patriarchal Era spanned a little over 125 years until Peter the Great ended it in 1720.

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Episode 120 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 1

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 14, 2013


The Russian Orthodox Church's founding is steeped in myth and legend. Learn more about the early days in this episode.

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Episode 119 - The Geography and Climate of Russia

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 23, 2013


Russia is a vast and cold country. Learn how that influenced its history.

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Episode 118 - Chechnya and Russia: A Bad Relationship

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jun 17, 2013


Chechnya and Russia have a bitter relationship going back to the time of Ivan the Terrible. Find out why.

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Episode 117 - Vladimir Putin - An Unexpected Rise

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, May 13, 2013


Well we made it from Rurik to Putin with the last of the Rulers podcast, Vladimir Putin.

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Episode 116 - President to Private Citizen - Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Apr 29, 2013


Boris Yeltsin was successful at tearing apart the USSR but failed at revitalizing Russia.

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Episode 115 - A Coup, A Failure, and the Beginning of a New Russia

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 21, 2013


Yeltsin pushes the Soviet Union to the brink causing it to collapse on itself.

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Episode 114 - Rise of the Phoenix

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 14, 2013


Yeltsin, demoted from the Politburo rises to lead Russia as it moves away from the Soviet Union.

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Episode 113 - Yeltsin Begins to Make His Mark

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Apr 03, 2013


Yeltsin becomes the First Secretary in Moscow and shakes up things.

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Episode 112 - Yeltsin Grows Up

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Mar 17, 2013


Boris Yeltsin goes from a young student to the First Secretary of the Sverdlovsk Oblast.

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Episode 111 - Boris Yeltsin - The Early Years

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Mar 04, 2013


With the collapse of the USSR, a new person takes control, Boris Yeltsin. Here is the story of how he got there.

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Episode 110 - The End of the USSR

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Feb 05, 2013


After 74 years of existance, the Soviet Union closes its doors on December 31, 1991.

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Episode 109 - The End Game Nears

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jan 13, 2013


The USSR is economically broke and Gorbachev is making things worse.

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Episode 108 - Gorbachev Muddles Through Things

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Dec 27, 2012


Gorbachev tries to rule a country with enormous problems

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Episode 107 - Gorbachev Rises On Top of a Heaping Mess of Things

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Dec 12, 2012


We recount Gorbachev's rise to the head of the USSR through his memoir.

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Episode 106 - Gorbachev Joins the Party

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Nov 28, 2012


We follow Gorbachev's rise to First Secretary of the Stavropol krai.

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Overdrive - The Christianization of the Rus - Primary Chronicles

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Nov 22, 2012


This podcast is on the Christianization of the Rus according to the Primary Chronicle.

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Episode 105 - Gorbachev - How He Got On Top In His Words

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Nov 14, 2012


Based on his memoirs, we recount Gorbachev's rise to the top of the USSR.

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A Russian Halloween Story - The Blacksmith and the Devil

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Oct 31, 2012


The Blacksmith and the Devil is an old Russian fairy tale.

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Episode 104 - Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chenenko and the Rise of Mikhail Gorbachev

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Oct 28, 2012


After Brezhnev's death, two more Soviet leaders would die in quick succession which would lead to the ascension of Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Episode 103 - Brezhnev and the Era Of Stagnation

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Oct 14, 2012


Brezhnev takes sole control of the USSR but the economy hits an era of stagnation.

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Episode 102 - A Collective Leadership Takes Control

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Oct 07, 2012


With Khrushchev gone, Brezhnev, Kosygin and Podgorny ascend to the top.

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Overdrive - The Primary Chronicles - Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Oct 02, 2012


The Primary Chronicles is the main writings that allow us to gain insight as to the lives of early Russia. Today's podcast covers the founding of the city of Kiev, the arrival of Rurik, Igor's death and Olga's revenge.

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Overdrive - The Plight of the Consumer

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Sep 16, 2012


Nikita Khrushchev reveals his feelings about how the ordinary consumer feels about things in the Soviet Union after his overthrow.

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Episode 101 - We Will Bury You Nikita Sergeyevich

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Sep 09, 2012


Making enemies everywhere, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev is ousted from his place as head of the Soviet Union.

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Overdrive - The Sino/Soviet Conflict According to Khrushchev

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Sep 02, 2012


Reading from Khrushchev Remembers, we recount his point of view about the Sino/Soviet conflict.

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Episode 100 - Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Aug 26, 2012


This is a show dedicated to my many listeners and attempts to answer questions posed by them.

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Episode 99 - Teetering at the Brink of War

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Aug 12, 2012


The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to a head with the world holding its collective breaths.

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Episode 98 - A Series of Unfortunate Decisions

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 29, 2012


The decision to place missiles in Cuba by Khrushchev is a bungled disaster.

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Episode 97 - The Berlin Wall and The Cuban Missile Crisis

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 15, 2012


The Berlin Wall is erected and the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to unleash a thermonuclear war.

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Overdrive - Mao in Moscow

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 08, 2012


Mao visits Moscow to meet with Khrushchev and makes some startling statements.

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Episode 96 - The American Trip, The U-2 and The Shoe

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Jul 05, 2012


Khrushchev's American trip did little to help ease worldwide tensions but the U-2 incident and the shoe banging incident in the U.N. was even worse.

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Overdrive - First Visit to Peking

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Jun 27, 2012


Khrushchev and associates pay their first visit to China.

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Episode 95 - The Berlin Crisis and Khrushchev Visits America, Part 1

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jun 25, 2012


Khrushchev, now undisputed leader of the USSR, is determined thaw out relations with the West, his way.

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Overdrive Episode - The Origins of the Schism with China

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Jun 20, 2012


From the book Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament, this podcast focuses of the origins of the schism between the USSR and China.

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Episode 94 - Khrushchev Meets the World

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jun 18, 2012


Khrushchev, having survived a coup, takes on the international stage.

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Episode 93 - The June Coup

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 10, 2012


The Anti-Party group led by Molotov, Kaganovich and Malenkov attempt to overthrow Khrushchev.

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Episode 92 - The Hungarian Revolution

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 03, 2012


After giving the Secret Speech, unforeseen crises erupted, the greatest of which was the Hungarian Revolution.

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Episode 91 - Khrushchev Grows Up

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, May 28, 2012


His rise to the top is one of legends. Here we follow Nikita Khrushchev's improbable climb.

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Episode 90 - Who is This Khrushchev Guy Anyway?

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, May 14, 2012


Nikita Khrushchev grew up in abject poverty yet he eventually became one of the most powerful men in the world.

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Episode 89 - Jockeying for Position

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, May 07, 2012


Khrushchev begins his jockeying for power against Malenkov and Molotov.

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Episode 88 - On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Apr 20, 2012


An edited version of the Secret Speech of Nikita Khrushchev given to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party in 1956 is read.

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Episode 87 - Who's In Charge?

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 15, 2012


With Stalin dead, a power vacuum gets filled but Beria failed to see a plot led by Khrushchev to overthrow him.

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Episode 86 - The End of a Monster

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 08, 2012


Joseph Stalin, who ruled the USSR for 30 years was planning World War III when he died of a stroke in 1953.

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Episode 85 - The End of One War, the Beginning of Another

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 01, 2012


With World War II over, Stalin now plans for global domination and starts the Cold War.

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Episode 84 - Wehrmacht on the Run

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Mar 25, 2012


With the Germans being beaten across the board, Stalin resumes purging his people of nationalistic tendencies.

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Episode 83 - The Battle for the Motherland

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Mar 18, 2012


The Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad as well as the siege of Leningrad are center stage.

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Episode 82 - Operation Barbarossa: Stalin's Worst Nightmare

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Mar 11, 2012


Hitler's Wehrmacht invades Russia and Stalin is forced to figure out a way to save his country.

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Episode 81 - Invasion

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Mar 04, 2012


Preparations are made by the Germans and Russians for war and on June 22, 1941 Stalin got his wish.

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Episode 80 - Stalin's Great Purge - Part II

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Feb 19, 2012


Stalin fuels the fires of paranoia to escalate the Great Purge of 1937 and 38.

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Episode 79 - Stalin's Great Purge - Part I

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Feb 12, 2012


The Great Purges was a time where millions were killed to eliminate all enemies of Joseph Stalin.

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Episode 78 - The Beginning of the Reign of Terror

markschauss@gmial.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Feb 05, 2012


Stalin begins the Reign of Terror sending millions of Russians to their death.

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Episode 77 - Once a Follower, Now a Leader

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jan 29, 2012


Stalin takes control of the USSR and ousts his enemies, Trotsky, Kamenev and Zinoviev.

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Episode 76 - The Transformation of Stalin

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jan 22, 2012


Stalin quickly rises up the ranks, becoming a minister in the new Bolshevik government.

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Episode 75 - Mikhail Bakunin - The Collectivist Anarchist

markschauss (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jan 09, 2012


As a preview to the post-Rulers podcasts, today we focus on Mikhail Bakunin famed philosopher/anarchist.

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Episode 74 - Koba, Lenin's Left Leg

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sat, Dec 24, 2011


Soso, became the revolutionary Koba who followed his idol Lenin and the Bolshevik Party.

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Episode 73 - Soso, The Young Stalin

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Dec 18, 2011


Today's podcast tells the tale of the young Stalin, known in his childhood as Soso.

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Episode 72 - Comrade Lenin We Hardly Knew You

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Dec 11, 2011


Lenin, resolves the economic disasters hitting Russia, suffers 3 strokes which take him out of control of the country.

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Episode 71 - The Russian Civil War

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Dec 04, 2011


With Lenin taking control of the government, a civil war broke out that threatened his position.

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Episode 70 - The Bolsheviks are Coming, the Bolsheviks are Coming

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Nov 27, 2011


Vladimir Lenin takes control of the Russian government amidst chaos in Petrograd.

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Episode 69 - The Provisional Government

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Nov 14, 2011


With Nicholas II gone, the Provisional Government led by Alexander Kerensky takes control.

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Questions and Answers #1

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss)
Sun, Oct 30, 2011


Today's episode is meant to answer questions that have been posed about Russian history.

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Episode 68 - Death to the Romanov's

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Oct 24, 2011


Nicholas II has abdicated the throne and is now house arrest where he awaits his fate.

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Episode 67 - Why Did It Have To End?

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Oct 16, 2011


Nicholas II under increasing pressure to abdicate, gives up the throne his family held for over 300 years.

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Episode 66 - From Celebrations to the Misery of War

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Oct 11, 2011


Nicholas II celebrates a number of historical events while he gets his country ready to plunge into WWI.

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Episode 65 - The Beginning of the End for Nicholas II

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Oct 02, 2011


Nicholas II steers Russian foreign policy towards war after changing the makeup of the Duma.

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Episode 64 - Tsar Nicholas II Loses His Relationship With His People

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Sep 27, 2011


Tsar Nicholas II allows for a Duma to be formed after the Revolution of 1905.

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Episode 63 - Road Trip to Destruction

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Sep 19, 2011


Russia plunges headlong into war with Japan and suffers a humiliating defeat.

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Episode 62 - Nicholas II and His String of Major Errors

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Sep 04, 2011


Nicholas II, instead of relaxing the policies of his father Alexander III, tightens them alienating more and more of his subjects.

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Episode 61 - The Ascension of the Last Romanov

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schausss
Mon, Aug 29, 2011


Nicholas II becomes Tsar reluctantly on the death of his father. Within years tragedy strikes at the celebration of his coronation at the Khodynka Field.

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Episode 60 - Reforms? There Will Be No Reforms!

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Aug 08, 2011


Alexander III take control of Russia and undoes many of the reforms of his late, murdered father.

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Episode 59 - Kill the Reformer

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 31, 2011


Alexander II tries to reform Russia only to have multiple assassinations come his way. Eventually one was to succeed bringing his reign to an abrupt end.

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Episode 58 - The Ascension of the Great Liberator - Alexander II

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 24, 2011


With Nicholas I dead and the Crimean War going badly, Alexander II takes control and seeks to reform his Russia.

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Slap Shot Episode - Russian History Books

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Jul 20, 2011


So how do I come up with all of my podcasts? This episode host Mark Schauss reviews the books he uses to research the subject of Russian History.

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Episode 57 - The Misery is Beyond Description

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 17, 2011


Nicholas I, keeps his reactionary position intact which causes Russia to lose the Crimean War, with the army suffering horrible losses.

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Episode 56 - A Major Turn to the Right, Nicholas I Takes Control

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jul 11, 2011


Alexander I dies and his brother Nicholas takes control but not without a bit of controversy.

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Episode 55 - Napoleon on the Run

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jul 03, 2011


Napoleon is chased by Alexander I all the way to Paris. The Tsar then has a change in personality causing him to reverse many of his earlier reforms.

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Slap Shot Episode - The State of Russia in the Early 1800's

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Jun 30, 2011


Mikhail Speransky was a brilliant man who saw how bad things truly were in Russia in the early 19th century. This short episode is a reading from a memorandum he wrote.

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Episode 54 - Napoleon versus Alexander

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jun 27, 2011


Napoleon continues to menace the Russian border until he decides to invade in 1812. Things don't go as planned.

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Episode 53 - Guilt, Will Follow Him All His Days

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 19, 2011


Alexander I takes over for his murdered father Paul I. Napoleon is charging through Europe threatening Russia.

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Slap Shot Episode - The Evil Within Russia - Serfdom

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 12, 2011


Serfdom enslaved 90% of the Russian population which represented 54 million people by the time Alexander I took the throne.

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Episode 52 - Emperor Paul I

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jun 05, 2011


With Catherine the Great dead, her son Paul I sought to reverse all that she had accomplished.

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Episode 51 - One Down, Six to Go

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, May 29, 2011


Catherine, now in her sixties takes her last breath ushering in the reign of her son, Paul I.

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Episode 50 - Catherine Goes to the Crimea

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, May 22, 2011


Empress Catherine, having taken control of the Crimea, sets off on a grand tour of the newly conquered land.

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Episode 49 - The Maturing Catherine

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, May 18, 2011


Catherine, now in her 50's marries off Paul yet again and is given the heir's she so desperately wanted.

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First Anniversary Edition of the Russian Rulers Podcast - Part Two

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, May 11, 2011


In another Cliff Notes version of the podcast, we review the time from Dmitri Donskoi to the birth of Ivan the Terrible.

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Episode 48 - The Love of Her Life, Grigory Potemkin

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, May 09, 2011


Tired of her brainless lover, Catherine brings to court the love of her life, Grigory Potemkin.

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Episode 47 - The Pugachev Rebellion

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, May 03, 2011


The greatest peasant rebellion in Russian history, led by Pugachev sends shivers down Empress Catherine's spine.

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First Anniversary Edition of the Russian Rulers Podcast - Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sat, Apr 30, 2011


On April 30, 2010, I started this podcast, now one year later, I will recount the episodes from the beginning in a condensed form.

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Episode 46 - Leading by Example

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 24, 2011


Catherine, now in firm control, becomes the first Russian to be innoculated for smallpox. She also starts a war with the Ottoman Empire.

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Episode 45 - A Fragile Hold on Power

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Apr 15, 2011


Catherine, fresh off the coup d'etat which brought her to power, consolidates her tenuous hold on the throne.

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Epsiode 44 - The Ascension of Catherine

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 10, 2011


Catherine, now Grand Duchess of Russia, plots to take control once Empress Elizabeth dies.

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Episode 43 - Catherine, the Virgin Wife

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Apr 03, 2011


Sophie, now baptized Catherine Alexeyevna, begins to understand that her life was not to be an easy one. She was to find out who the Russians really were.

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Episode 42 - Catherine, The Early Years

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Mar 27, 2011


Sophie Augusta Fredericka was an unlikely candidate to marry well. We follow her early years before she wed the future Tsar Peter III.

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Slap Shot Episode - Peter III - Freeing the Nobility From Service

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Mar 21, 2011


Peter III, in his few short months accomplished much. The Manifesto Freeing the Nobility From Service was one such accomplishment.

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Episode 41 - Elizabeth I, The War of Austrian Succession & The Seven Years War

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Mar 13, 2011


Elizabeth I, Empress of Russia, had Russia embroiled in 2 world wars up until her death.

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Epsiode 40 - The Reign of Elizabeth I, Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Mar 07, 2011


Elizabeth, having overthrown Ivan VI in a bloodless coup, rules Russia with a opulent style spending vast sums of money on the luxuries of the day.

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Episode 39 - Catherine I to Elizabeth I

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Feb 27, 2011


Peter the Great is dead and his successor Catherine I died only 2 years later. Anna was followed by Peter II and Ivan VI who was overthrown by Peter the Great's daughter Elizabeth.

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Slap Shot Episode - Peter's Table of Ranks

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Feb 25, 2011


One of Peter the Great's reforms was the publishing of the Table of Ranks. It defined where a man would be in terms of nobility and place in society.

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Episode 38 - But There Is Still So Much To Do

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sat, Feb 19, 2011


Peter the Great's reign, lasting 42 years comes to an end. His legacy though, lasts to this day.

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Episode 37 - A Son, An Heir, A Grave Disappointment

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Feb 08, 2011


Peter the Great's son Alexis, turns out to be the great disappointment of the Tsar's life. Russia begins to bring fear throughout Europe as its power grows.

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Episode 36 - The Aftermath of Poltava and the Disaster at Pruth

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jan 31, 2011


Bathing in the glory of Poltava, Peter becomes too cocky and almost has everything reversed at Pruth.

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Slap Shot Episode - Charles XII of Sweden

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Jan 25, 2011


Charles XII of Sweden was a thorn in Peter I's side for many years. Here I give a brief overview of his life and impact on the world.

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Episode 35 - The Great Northern War, Peter Makes A Comeback

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jan 24, 2011


The Battle of Poltava is a seminal moment in Russian history destined to change the country forever. Peter accomplishes this while building St. Petersburg.

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Episode 34 - Two Titans - Peter and Charles XII

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Jan 16, 2011


Peter, fresh from his Great Embassy, embarks on the Great Northern War against Sweden.

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Episode 33 - The Great Embassy, Part 2

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Jan 10, 2011


Peter travels from Holland to England than off the Vienna before returning to Moscow to deal with the Streltsy revolt.

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Episode 32 - The Great Embassy, Part 1

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Dec 23, 2010


Peter embarks on a Great Embassy to meet with the leaders of Europe and work as a simple carpenter in the ship building capitals of the world.

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Episode 31 - Peter Takes on the Turks

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Dec 16, 2010


Peter, having partied for 5 years, is ready to take control of things and take the fight to the Turk backed Tatars in Azov.

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Episode 30 - Tsar Peter's All-Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Dec 10, 2010


Peter has shed himself of Sophia but yearns to be with the foreigners and party the night away.

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Episode 29 - Peter Takes Control

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Sat, Dec 04, 2010


Sophia's time is up and Peter grabs for power.

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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Self-Criticism and the Western Influence

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Dec 01, 2010


In the 17th century Moscow began to understand its limitation and why it needed to westernize.

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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Education

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Nov 28, 2010


Were the Muscovites literate? Did they have an educational system? We answer these questions in today's short podcast.

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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Arts and Architecture

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Nov 26, 2010


Muscovite art and architecture was a thing of beauty at the time of Peter the Great's rise to power.

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Episode 28 - Sophia and Golitsyn - Keeping the Throne Warm for Peter

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Nov 23, 2010


Sophia, fresh from taking control of Russia through the use of the Streltsy relies on her love Vasili Golitsyn to run Russia.

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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Thought and Literature

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, Nov 22, 2010


From the book A History of Russia by Riasanovsky and Steinberg comes a description of Muscovite thought and literature.

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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Religion and the Schism

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Nov 16, 2010


From A History of Russia by Riasanovsky and Steinberg, we recount the issue of religion and the schism in Muscovite Russia.

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Episode 27 - Peter Likes to Play War

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Nov 12, 2010


Now in his early teens, Peter begins his life lessons, especially the lessons of war. Staying outside Moscow, he gains his love for the water and ships.

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Episode 26 - The Streltsy Revolt

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Nov 04, 2010


Feodor dies leaving no direct heir but the Streltsy have in mind that their will be done.

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Episode 25 - Alexis I and Feodor III

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Oct 29, 2010


Alexis I and Feodor III begin the slow Westernization of Russia through tumultuous times.

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Slap Shot Episode - The Food and Drink of 17th Century Russians

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Oct 22, 2010


The writings of Adam Olearius give us an insight into the day to day lives of the Russian people in the 17th Century.

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Slap Shot Episode - The Cossacks

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sat, Oct 16, 2010


The Cossacks were a free living peoples who play a big role in Russian history due to their military service.

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Episode 24 - The Dawn of the Romanov Dynasty

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Oct 14, 2010


The Time of Troubles is over but Russia needs a new Tsar. A sixteen year old boy, Michael Romanov is selected to lead the nation.

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Episode 23 - One Dmitri, Two Dmitri, Three Dmitri, More!

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Oct 08, 2010


Boris Godunov becomes Tsar at the worst possible moment, the beginning of the Time of Troubles. False Dmitri's abound in this weeks podcast.

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Episode 22 - Feodor I and the ascension of Boris Godunov

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Oct 01, 2010


Ivan the Terrible is dead replaced by his feeble minded son Feodor. Boris Godunov sits and waits for his turn at being Tsar.

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Episode 21 - Ivan IV - Oh My God, What Have I Done?

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Sep 24, 2010


Ivan nearing the end of his life strikes out at his own son causing the eventual end of the Rurik line of rulers.

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Slap Shot Episode - The Oprichnina

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sat, Sep 18, 2010


What was the Oprichnina? Was it the musings of a madman or a brilliant measure to centralize power?

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Episode 20 - Ivan IV and The Reign of Terror

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Thu, Sep 16, 2010


Ivan, now in true psychopathic mode begins the full-scale terror of the Oprichnina period.

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Slap Shot Episode - The Not So Merry Wives of Ivan the Terrible

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sun, Sep 12, 2010


Ivan the Terrible was known for his cruelty but should have been equally known for his many wives, eight.

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Episode 19 - Ivan Becomes the Terrible

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Fri, Sep 10, 2010


His wife dead, his mentors banished or murdered, Ivan begins his reign of terror, first aimed at the boyar class. Nothing was left ot hold Ivan back.

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Episode 18 - Ivan Grozny Unleashed

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Sep 03, 2010


Ivan IV, fresh from the victory at Kazan, endures two tragic events in the coming years, the death of his son Dmitri and his wife Anastasia.

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Episode 17 - Ivan IV, The Youthful Warrior

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Thu, Aug 26, 2010


Ivan, fresh off his wedding and coronation, sets off the rid himself of the Tartar menace in Kazan.

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Episode 16 - The Coronation and Marriage of Ivan IV

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Aug 19, 2010


Ivan IV, now rid of his antagonists, gets ready to ascend to the throne and get married. Then crisis strikes the young Tsar.

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Episode 15 - Ivan IV, The Early Years, Part Two

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Aug 12, 2010


Ivan, left to fend for himself is largely ignored by his supposed protectors. Traumatic events were to follow his youthfull years.

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Episode 14 - Ivan IV - The Early Years, Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Aug 05, 2010


Young Ivan IV, Grand Prince of Moscow, serves as a figurehead ruler with his mother as Regent.

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Episode 13 - Vasilli III and Why Moscow?

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Jul 22, 2010


Vasilli III, son of Ivan the Great continues his fathers expansionist policies. We also answer the question why Moscow?

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Episode 12 - Ivan the Great, Part Three

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Jul 15, 2010


The final episode of Ivan the Great's life discusses the many issues he dealt with towards the end of his reign.

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Episode 11 - Ivan the Great, Part Two

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, Jul 07, 2010


Ivan deals with both a new wife and the end of the dominance of the Golden Horde this week as well as finishing of pesky Tver.

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Episode 10 - Ivan the Great Part One

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Jul 02, 2010


Ivan the Great, gatherer of Russian lands, defeats and brings into the fold the pesky city state of Novgorod.

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Slap Shot Episode - St. Sergius of Radonezh

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Tue, Jun 29, 2010


In this short podcast, I discuss the life and enormous influence of St. Sergius of Radonezh.

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Episode 9 - Vasili I and Vasili the Blind

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Jun 25, 2010


The son and grandson of Dmitri Donskoi lead Russia through difficult times, avoiding disaster but wearing the Muscovite populace down.

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Episode 8 - Dmitri Donskoi

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Sat, Jun 19, 2010


Dmitri Donskoi, hero of the battle of Kulikovo Field was to shatter the myth of Mongol invincibility.

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Episode 7 - Ivan Moneybags, Simeon the Proud and Ivan the Meek

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Jun 10, 2010


Ivan I or Moneybags, begins to consolidate power into has hands and into the city of Moscow.

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Episode 6 - The Rise of Moscow

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, Jun 03, 2010


Alexander Nevsky was dead and the Mongols were in control. A little town, of no consequence begins its rise through its leader Daniel, Nevsky's little boy.

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Episode 5 - Alexander Nevsky

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, May 28, 2010


Alexander Nevsky, the shining light in a sea of darkness, has his life and influence discussed in today's podcast.

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Slap Shot Episode - The Appanage System

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Mon, May 24, 2010


In a quick or slap shot of an episode, we delve into the appanage system of inheritance that helped rule Russia and ultimately made it vunerable.

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Episode 4 - Andrei Bogolyubski and the Arrival of the Mongols

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Wed, May 19, 2010


Andrei Bogolyubski, fresh from his destruction of Kiev, sets the stage for autocratic rule in Russia. On the horizon though come the fearsome Mongols.

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Episode 3 - Yaroslav the Wise to the End of the Kievian Dominance

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Thu, May 13, 2010


Yaroslav the Wise and Vladimir Monomakh reign Kiev during its zenith which was to come to a swift and brutal end.

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Episode 2 - Vladimir the Great and Sviatopolk the Accursed

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, May 07, 2010


Vladimir the Great, the man who helped convert his nation to Christianity and Sviatopolk the Accursed who caused a civil war after Vladimir's death are discussed.

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Episode 1 - Who are the Russians? Rurik to Yarolpolk I

markschauss@gmail.com (Mark Schauss) Author: Mark Schauss
Fri, Apr 30, 2010


In this episode we discuss the peoples who inhabited the lands of early Russia and the early rulers of Kiev, from Rurik to Yarolpolk I.

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