Early Russian History. Key Issues. Гончарова Л.Ю. - 35 стр.



Vocabulary work
Read and memorize the following words and expressions, suggest their
Russian equivalents:
esprit de corps (франц .)
labor shortage
exodus, n
plight, n (e.g. the plight of peasants)
peasantry, n
secular, adj
ecclesiastical, adj (=clerical)
tenant, n
flee, v (fled, fled)
creditor, n (ant.: debtor)
blackmail, n (v)
vulnerable, adj
armistice, n
pop up, v
entanglement, n
heir, n (e.g. a legitimate heir)
conspiracy, n
pretender, n
retinue, n
machination, n
underprivileged, adj
oppressed, adj
savior, n (the Savior)
connivance, n
friar, n
indignity, n (=humiliation)
headquarters, n
insurgent, n (adj)
cession, n
besiege, v
the common folk
inviolability, n
wholesale, n (adj) (e.g. a wholesale cattle
militia, n
intruder, n
sever, v (e.g. to sever ties, relationship)
joint action
impoverishment, n
Questions for discussion
Comment on the following:
1. What factors dragged the country into the Time of Troubles? Is it doomed to
be a general rule that after any great period in the history of a country there follows a
period of weakness and confusion?
2. A phenomenon of pretenders: why are people prone to believe?
3. Would you, following the authors view, call the popular movement of the
early 17
century in Russia a revolution?
4. Is there really the old Russian deep-rooted tradition of passive submission?
What are its roots?
Составитель Гончарова Любовь Юрьевна
Редактор Бунина Т . Д .