The Russian Empire History Podcast

The Russian Empire History Podcast

The history of all the peoples of the Russian Empire. Russian imperialism from its origins to the present day. New episode twice a month. Subscribe for exclusive Member Episodes


November 27, 2023 51 mins

The sons of Yaroslav divide Rus among themselves. How long will they live in peace?

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As Yaroslav reaches the end of his life, an attempt is made to set the rules of succession in Rus.

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Christian Raffensperger is Professor of History and Chair of the Department, Kenneth E. Wray Chair in the Humanities, and Director, Emarth Institute for the Public Humanities at Wittenberg University covering Medieval Europe, Russia, and Ukraine. His works include ‘Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus in the Medieval World, 988-1146’, ’Ties of Kinship: Russian Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage’, ‘The Kingdom of Rus’ and more.

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October 16, 2023 55 mins

As the last brother standing, Yaroslav has finally become the sole ruler of Rus. What will he do now?

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September 23, 2023 39 mins

Vladimir’s death plunges Rus into chaos as his sons fight over the succession.

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September 10, 2023 34 mins

This episode looks at Vladimir’s reign from the baptism of Rus until his death. Did he manage to do anything else noteworthy?

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What happened at the baptism of Rus, and inventing St. Vladimir/Volodymyr from the Tale of Bygone Years to Vladimir Putin.

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Vladimir continues to expand his territory and to consider the role of religion in his kingdom.

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The death of Svyatoslav found Rus unprepared for the succession. The three sons he left in charge of Kyiv, the Drevlians, and Novgorod, soon turn to fighting among themselves.

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In the late Soviet period and in post-Soviet Russia, Lev Gumilev’s passionary theory of ethnogenesis and pseudo-historical ideas of a Jewish-Khazar chimera gained enormous popularity, leading to elaborate conspiracy theories of shadowy forces behind contemporary events.

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Vladimir Putin says he believes in the “passionary theory”. What does he mean, and where do the Khazars come in?

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Part I of a short series looking at the Khazars after the fall of Khazaria. Was there a connection between the Khazars and East European Jews?

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April 28, 2023 41 mins

In this episode, we look at the first Rus ruler with a Slavic name, but a not so Slavic personal style. If it wasn’t for those treacherous Byzantines, things could have turned out very differently...

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April 15, 2023 43 mins

In this episode, we continue our introduction to Volga Bulgaria with a look at the ruling dynasty, the capital city, and their conversion to Islam.

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April 3, 2023 33 mins

In this episode, we begin exploring the formation of Volga Bulgaria, a major medieval European kingdom that will play a significant role in our story.

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In this special episode, I discuss how Byzantium viewed Rus and aspects of their relationship with Dr Monica White of the University of Nottingham.

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March 4, 2023 70 mins

Olga of Kyiv has been venerated as a saint and gained popularity in modern times as a vengeful warrior queen, but how true are those stories? Listen to this episode to find out the true story of Olga.

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February 18, 2023 39 mins

In this episode, we look at what the Tale of Bygone Years tells us about Rurik’s successors, Oleg and Igor, and try to figure out what actually might have happened. 

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In this episode we look at the traditional founder of the ruling dynasty of Rus, discuss what the Rus chronicles were and how they were created, and cover the mistranslation of Rus titles.

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December 19, 2022 34 mins

This episode concludes our introduction to the Rus with a look at their move into the Dnieper valley and the trade routes to Byzantium and Western Europe.

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