Introduction_ 2

Russia 3

History of Russia 3

Hymn flag emblem_ 3

Geographic Landmarks 4

The Russians 5

The tourism and rate in Russia 8

Conclusion_ 11

Literature 12


Russia is situated in the North part of Eurasian continent and has the area of 17 1 million square kilometres. About 1/3 of the Russian territory is situated in Europe and occupies the main part of the Russian (East-Europe) plain and also Ural Pre-Caucasus and north slope of the Big Caucasus. The Asiatic part of Russia is 2/3 of the territory and it includes Siberia and Far East. Russia has outlets to the seas of the Atlantic Pacific and Arctic Oceans.

The west extremity of Russia is near Kaliningrad city (in longitude 19'38» West) and the east extremity is in the Bering Sea Ratmanov Island (east boundary of Russia with the USA). Because of the huge length of the country by longitude there is the great difference in time between the west and east parts of the country (there are 11 time zones there). The north extremity is on the Rudolf island in Frans-Iosif land archipelago (in latitude 81'49» North) and the south extremity in on the ridge of the Main Caucasus Ridge (in latitude 41'12» South). And the highest point of Russia is also situated on Caucasus Elbrus Mountain (5642 metres).

Russia has the origin in Kiev Russia which many lands of Northwest and Central Russia belonged to. Moscow principality arose in XIII XV centuries which was the first core of forming the new state the territory of which was from Baltic Sea to the Pacific to the beginning of XVIII century. In the middle of XIII century Russia was under the Mongol-Tatar yoke and Russia was fighting for its overthrow for 250 years. In XVI–XVII centuries Russia started to be multinational: nations of Volga region Ural Siberia became the part of it. During XVII–XVIII centuries Russia tried to return lands which were lost before and got the outlet to the Baltic Sea and secured its south boundaries. In 1654 Russia was consolidated with Ukraine.


History of Russia

With the dissolution of the Soviet Union there has been an enormous resurgence of interest in Russia's pre-Soviet past as well as a great deal of debate and reconsideration of the Soviet era itself. This shift has not resulted in a simple vilification of everything Soviet or a naive embrace of all that preceded it but it has spurred an unprecedented effort to regain the ancient Russian national heritage. Churches are being restored all across the country great Russian writers and artists whose works were banned are once again being honored and the individual character of ancient cities and communities is once again becoming established. Next year the city of Moscow is celebrating its 850th Anniversary a celebration that will mark the recovery as well as the commemoration of its glorious past.

For most western visitors the bulk of Russia's history is nothing more than a compendium of hazy legends and sensationalist rumours–from scurrilous stories about Catherine the Great to tabloid television reports of the miraculous survival of the children of Nicholas II. However the factual history of the country is no less compelling than its fabulous history and even a brief introduction to the great and not-so-great figures of its past make a visit far more rewarding.

Hymn flag emblem

The State Emblem of Russian Empire since XV century had been a double eagle. Its shape changed lots of times & the last variant (1883) was close to the Russian Federation Emblem that is in force nowadays (with significant difference – there were emblems of provinces on the eagle's wings).

At the time of Provisional Government (from March till November of 1917) the Emblem had been a double eagle without the symbols of royal power (now it is on the coins of 1 2 & 5 rubles value). The State Emblem of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (picture of golden Sickle & Hummer crisscross their shafts down in the red background in the sun rays in the setting of ears with the legend 'RSFSR' & 'Proletarians of all countries unite!' with the five-point star on the top of the Emblem) was confirmed by the Constitution of RSFSR accepted on the 10th of July 1918 that came into force on the 19th of July 1918; then it was described in the RSFSR Constitutions of 1937 & 1978 (the 'RSFSR' legend was changed to 'Russian Federation' by the amendments to the Constitution of the 21st of April 1992).

In fact since the 3rd of December 1993 the Emblem (the golden double eagle on the red shield topped with three crowns with the scepter & orb in its clutches with the horseman striking the dragon on the red shield on his breast) confirmed by the B.N. Yeltsin decree N2050 of the 30th of November 1993 (in the period of 'step-by-step constitutional reform'). The shield with the double eagle (in force since 1993) was confirmed by the federal constitutional law 'About State Emblem of Russian Federation' of the 27th of December 2000; it was published & came into force on the 27th of December 2000.

Geographic Landmarks

As the world's largest country Russian has a very diverse geography.

Northern Russian extends into the Arctic Circle. This area is primarily tundra and forests with thousands of lakes.

Russia has many mountain areas. The Ural mountains cover 2 500 miles of eastern Russia. The Caucasus mountains cross the southern part of Russia from the Black Sea to the Caspia Sea.

From the western boarder to the Ural mountains is the North European Plain. This is a large rolling plain with rich soil and grasslands.

Three quarters of the Russian population lives in the cities and towns of western Russia. About 25% of the population still live in rural areas.

The Russians

Russian nation is the basic population of the Russian Federation (119865 9 thousand people) the most numerous of Slavic tribes. Outside the Russian Federation they live in Ukraine Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Byelorussia Kirghizia Latvia Moldova Estonia Azerbaijan Tajikistan Lithuania Turkmenistan Georgia Armenia and also in USA Canada the countries of the Western Europe etc. The Russian Language is of east group of Slavic languages of Indo-European family of languages. Writing is on the basis of the Russian alphabet which is going back to Cyrillic. Religion is basically orthodox.

The history of the Russians is very much a history of territorial and ethnic expansion.

In the pre-Christian era the region that is today called Russia was inhabited by a variety of nomadic tribes. The Slavic tribes resided in the north. In the 6th c. they started migrating. Gradually they evolved into three basic groups from which with time different with sub-groups would evolve; the western Slavs (Poles Slovaks Czechs) southern Slavs (Slovenes Croats Serbs Bulgars) and eastern Slavs (Belarusians Russians Ukrainians). The eastern Slavs expanded easily from the Baltic to the Black Sea with Kiev and Novgorod as the most important centres.

According to Russian tradition the first Russian dynasty began as warring Slavic tribes in 862 invited Rurik a Scandinavian leader to rule over them. Under the Rurik dynasty Russia expanded northeast and northwest. Kiev soon became the centre of what is known as Kievan Rus' which reached its imperial peak in the middle of the 11th c. In 988 Prince Vladimir of the Kievan Rus' had decided to convert the empire to Byzantine Orthodox Christianity instead of Roman Catholisism. This contributed to isolate Russia from the West. This isolation was furthered by the Mongol invasion which began in 1223. The Mongols controlled Russia during the two centuries when the Renaissance the Reformation and the commercial revolution spread across Western Europe. Mongol rule also made the westernmost Russians flee farther to the West to escape. These people eventually became known as Belarusians. The people of Kiev also developed a separate culture and evolved into Ukrainians.

Russian as well as Ukrainians and Byelorussians came from the ancient Russian nationality (9–13 centuries) existent from East Slavic tribes during the period of disintegration of tribe relations and creation of the ancient Russian state around Kiev. In opinion of many researchers the name 'Russian' goes back to the name of one of Slavic tribe – Rodii Rossy or Rusy. Alongside with the ancient self-name in 19 – beginning of 20 centuries the name Velikorusy or Velikorossy was used.

Formation of Russian or Great Russian nationality took place in severe struggle against the hardest Tatar yoke and during the creation of the Russian centralized state around Moscow in 14–15 centuries. In 16–17 centuries borders of Russian state considerably extended; at this time Russians began to occupy the Lower Volga region Ural Northern Caucasus and Siberia. In 18–19 centuries the further expansion of borders of the state was accompanied by moving Russian into the Baltic Black Sea region Transcaucasia Central Asia Kazakhstan Far East. Russians came into close contact with peoples living here influenced them economically and culturally and perceived achievements of their culture and skills of economy.

The Russian empire had now stretched beyond the original «Russian» areas and included many other nationalities. This triggered a series of Russification campaigns under Nicholas I and his successor Alexander II with the slogan «Autocracy Orthodoxy and Nationality». In 1839 the Uniate church of Ukraine and Belorussia was suppressed and in the 1860s the state ordered that all teaching in public schools be conducted in Russian and prohibited non-Russian newspapers and magazines. In the second half of the century Russian expansion in Caucasus and Central Asia began again. By the mid‑1860s the Caucasians were defeated and 20 years later the Russians also controlled Central Asia.

In the Far East the city of Vladivostok was established in 1860 on the coast near the Korean border after Russia gained the territory between the Amur river and the Korean border through the Treaty of Beijing the same year. The cost of these operations led the tsar to sell Alaska to the USA for a ridiculously low amount of money.

With World War I and the Bolshevik revolution Russia lost control of Poland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Finland Ukraine and parts of the Caucasus as established in the 1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. As the Bolsheviks gained the upper hand in 1919 they by force established Soviet republics in Belarus Ukraine (both in 1919) Azerbaijan Armenia (1920) and Georgia (1921). With World War II the Soviet Union regained most of the lost territories and pushed its sphere of influence further west than ever before.

In the beginning of 20 century on fragments of Russian Empire the new state Soviet Union united set of various nationalities was created. The most numerous nation however remained Russians. In 1991 the USSR ceased its existence.

By virtue of specific conditions of development in different areas of the country in the middle of 19 century there was a number of ethnographic groups among Russians. Largest of them differing in dialects of language and features in buildings clothes some ceremonies etc. – northern and southern Velikorussy. A link between them – middle great Russian group occupying the central area – part of the Volga-Oka rivers land (including Moscow) and the Volga region; it had in its language and culture both north and south great Russian features. Smaller ethnographic groups of Russians – Pomors (on the coast of the White sea) Meshera (in the northern part of Ryazanskaya oblast) various groups of Cossacks and their descendants (on the rivers of Don Kuban Ural Terek and also in Siberia); old believe groups – «Polyaks» (in Altai) Semeyskiye (in Transbaikalia) «Kamenshiki» (on the river Buhtarma in Kazakhstan); Russians make up special groups in Far North (on the rivers Anadyrs Indigirka Kolyma) apprehending many features of environmental peoples. Now these ethnographic groups in many respects have lost the unique features because of a number of historic and political reasons.

The tourism and rate in Russia

The man never stay at one place. At all times there were travellers that discovered new lands animals minerals. They studied our planet for their descendants to know all about it.

As known from historic sources in the antiquity our ancestors travelled to other countries. So groups of Krivichi (in the structure of teams of the Kiev princes) went to Tsargrad i.e. to the Byzantian empire; this reflected in the annals.

Peculiarities of Russian tourism development.

The aspiration to «enlargement of horizon» was initially peculiar to inhabitants of Russia. «The desire to change of places» as a feature of Russian national character was inherent to representatives of different layers of the society.

Because of prevalence of agricultural population over Russia for a long time there were no conditions for development of mass cognitive tourism. Practically the only kind of travels remained pilgrimage.

Only since Peter's I time it is possible to speak about formation of the all-European tradition of travels in Russia. It is considered that exactly Peter I having visited with the purpose of treatment mineral sources of Spa in Belgium became the first Russian health-resort visitor.

During the reign of Catherine the Great each nobleman had the right to go abroad and return at any time.

From the beginning of XIX century it is possible to speak about travels abroad as about the usual form of leisure of aristocracy. At this time Russian cultural tradition of travels responded to all leading ideological currents of Europe. Close communications with Germany (because of geographical affinity and traditions) were characteristic. Many figures of Russian culture studied at German universities.

Dynastic communications of Russian imperial family with German ruling houses played the great role in tourist preferences of aristocracy.

Trip abroad was perceived first of all by nobiliary youth as a way to escape from class norms and decencies. It was not simple to go abroad at that time. One of memoirists of that time wrote: «Passport for travel abroad costs 500 roubles in silver it was permitted to go abroad only on business or with the purpose of medical treatment and in the first case the guarantee of trading firms in reliability of the traveller was required».

To go to travel was possible only under the special sanction of the Emperor i.e. travel became a symbol of freedom. The German innkeeper from frontier city noticed that Russians leaving Russia are happy «as schoolboys sent on vacation and coming back they are sad as people which had a misfortune».

From the beginning of Alexander II reign to go abroad became much easier and resort tourism ceased to be the privilege of aristocracy.

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