From Eastern Europe Russia became a superpower by developing the vast steppes and forests of Asian Siberia and maintaining relations with its advanced European neighbors upon its western borders. In the 18th and 20th centuries Russia decidedly embraced the heritage of both Asia and Europe creating a unique blend of cultures. The foundations of much of Russian culture comes the Orthodox Church in its unique version of Christianity and the patronage that was once bestowed by the Government upon for the most notable artisans.
Historically being an absolute monarchy, reforms progressively gave political rights to Russia's citizens in the aftermath of the destructive Pan-European War. Since 1961 Russia has functioned as a federal monarchy, with the Czar, elected political representatives and religious leaders share authority. Economically Russia continues to be the world's largest producer of oil, timber and grain and a large manufacturer of textiles and naval equipment. As a member of the Great Eight, Russia's legacy of the Eurasian power endures and expands in the 21st century.
One realm under God 1800-1850
The dawn of the 19th century saw the Russian Empire fully recovered from the Time of Troubles two centuries prior. The reigns of Peter and Catherine the Great had confirmed for that time of Russia's status as a European superpower with many Asian origins and holdings. The early 19th century - like the 18th - saw continued intellectual and scientific development.
From ice to sand shore 1850-1900
Era of Eurasia 1900-1925
Snuffled Reforms, stalled initiatives 1925-1950
The loss of the west- Pan European War 1950-1960
Free Peoples, harvesting continents 1960-1980
A roaring Giant 1980-2000
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Fort Ross | Russian Antarctic Territory | Russian North America