Study of East Europe

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Study of East Europe

Post  Brock M. Hay on Sat May 05, 2012 6:00 pm


This is a review of section three: Shaping Eastern Europe for the upcoming test, basically this region that lies between the Baltic sea and Baltic peninsula that lies in the steppes and center between many powerful aligning factions made it a place for many kingdoms to set up over time. This also caused a very diverse mix of peoples in the region. Many Jewish settlements had set up there, because of both always becoming exiled from Western European kingdoms, and also because they had to escape from the angry horde of people who blamed the Jewish community for the bubonic plague. Another group that grew up in Eastern Europe was the Balkans, they derived from a mixture of many ethnic groups surrounding the area, like Huns, Avars, Bulgars, Khazars, Magyars, Vikings, and Germanic peoples. Religious influences came with Orthodox missionaries from the Byzantine empire to the South, Catholic missionaries from the West, and Islamic diffusion from the East. Early kingdoms of Eastern Europe include Poland, Hungary, and Serbia. Poland was crowned with its first king in the 900s, its great age came in 1386 when Queen Jadwiga married Duke Wladyslav Jagiello of Lithuania, this gave an alleged state larger than any other in Europe at this time. Over time nobles gained more and more power, they could vote for, or veto any important decision that the king was deciding on. Unfortunately the lack of strong central power is what declined the empire, and in the 1700s neighboring states took over all of its land. Hungary was founded by the Magyars East of Poland as a Catholic state. A very similar thing occurred in this empire with King John's signing of the Magna Carta. In 1222 the Golden Bull was signed, revolutionizing political and monarch power. The kingdom took quite a lapse in 1241, when Mongols came in and killed nearly one half of the population, yet were defeated, or drawn out at least. They went down again and permanently by the Ottoman empire in 1526. Serbia grew in the 1100s as an Orthodox nation and reached a height of success under Stefan Dusan. He encouraged Byzantine culture and made a law code very similar to that of Justinian. They declined by the hand of the Ottomans, at the battle of death in Kosovo in 1389. That's all I got for today, good luck studying!
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