This course will trace Russian history from the formation of the Kievan Rus and the emergence of Kiev as its political and cultural center in the 9th century and the subsequent change of Russia's political center to the forest lands northeast of Moscow. We will discuss the emergence of Moscow as the new political and cultural center during the Mongol rule and how the princes of Moscow manipulated the Mongol administration to their advantage and were able to exert control over the Russian lands. We end with the death of Peter the Great, who forged Russia into a great European and world power.This course is the first of a two part series. Part II (planned for Winter Term 2019) will deal with the decline and fall of the Russian imperial monarchy from the death of Peter the Great to the abdication and death of Nicholas II. Either course may be taken separately. Lecture (plus Questions).