Early Russian History. Key Issues. Гончарова Л.Ю. - 14 стр.

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Vocabulary work
Read and memorize the following words and expressions, suggest their
Russian equivalents:
preach, v
preacher, n
superstition, n
convert, n (v)
conversion, n
heathen, n (adj) (=pagan)
heathenism, n (=paganism)
worship, v
duke, n
duchess, n
baptize, v
baptism, n
missionary, n
patriarch, n
subject, adj
subjection, n
to go hand in hand
bishop, n
archbishop, n
priest, n
access, v (e.g. to access the throne)
accession, n
sacrifice, n (v) (e.g. human sacrifices)
martyr, n (e.g. Christian martyrs)
virtue, n
reign, n
campaign, n (e.g. military campaign)
negotiate, v
negotiations, n
merit, n
faith, n
prosperity, n
envoy, n
clergy, n
laity, n
realm, n
monastery, n
unfortunate, n (e.g. unfortunates of
society)
auspices, n (e.g. under the auspices of )
conviction, n (e.g. a matter of inner
conviction)
metropolitan, n
consecrate, v
consecration, n
estate, n (e.g. landed estate)
hierarchy, n
zeal, n
zealous, adj (e.g. to defend smth
zealously)
secular, adj
monastic order
Questions for discussion
Comment on the following:
1. Do you support the authors idea that religion has the formative influence
over a countrys history? Use specific examples to illustrate your answer.
2. In your opinion, how could the course of Russian history have been altered,
had it accepted another religion?
3. What were the pros and contras the first Russian princes had to keep in mind
considering conversion into Christianity?
4. Has Russia ever become a fully Christian country?