Russian Interaction with Foreign Lands

Another work-in-progress
Updated 10 July 2011

Peter the Great's battle against Russian isolationism is so well known, it seems like Russia had little contact with foreign nations during its history. This is clearly untrue.

The below pages list the foreign interactions that I have found. I have tried to list them in chronological order, but some events were not precisely dated in my references, so the ordering is not perfect.

By Historical Period:

By Culture: References:
  • Chronicle of the Hanse hosted at the Kronika dziejow Hanzy.
  • Fennel, John. The Crisis of Medieval Russian 1200-1304
  • Freeze, Gregory. Russia, A History
  • Jelisavcic, Micha and John Sloan. Chronology of Russian History at
  • MacKenzie, David and Michael Curran. A History of Russia, the Soviet Union, and Beyond
  • Michell, Robert and Nevill Forbes, translators. The Chronicle of Novgorod, 1016-1471
  • Privileges Granted to German Merchants at Novgorod, 1229 hosted at the Medieval Sourcebook.
  • Rockhill, William, translator. The Journey of Willam of Rubruck to the Eastern Parts of the World, 1253-55, as narrated by himself, with two accounts of the earlier journey of John of Pian de Carpine. hosted at Silk Road Seattle, Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities.
  • Saga of Edward the Confessor hosted at the Internet Sacred Text Archive.
  • Wikipedia - I know, I know. But where else can you find so much obscure history in one convenient spot?

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