The Pre- and Post-Kievan East Slavs

By 600 CE, the Slavs had split linguistically into southern, western, and eastern branches. Introduction The East Slavs are Slavic peoples speaking the East Slavic languages. Formerly the main population of the loose medieval Kievan Rus federation state[2], by the seventeenth century they evolved into the Belarusian, Russian, Rusyn and Ukrainian[3] people. Sources Researchers know[…]

The Medieval Political Federation of Kievan Rus

The Rus are first mentioned in the Annals of Saint-Bertin. Introduction Kievan Rus (862-1242 CE) was a medieval political federation located in modern-day Belarus, Ukraine, and part of Russia (the latter named for the Rus, a Scandinavian people). The name Kievan Rus is a modern-day (19th century CE) designation but has the same meaning as[…]