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Russian Rulers History Podcast

Mark Schauss

First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.

23:54 | May 20th, 2014

We now cover the beginning of the war and the incompetency of the diplomats and rulers who could have stopped the carnage.

18:41 | Apr 30th, 2014

The events leading up to the conflict were avoidable but bungling and religious fervor stole the day.

22:47 | Apr 13th, 2014

Today's podcast gives the listener a description of how Mark Schauss puts on an episode of the show

21:40 | Apr 13th, 2014

The causes of the war and a description of the enormity of it and the suffering are discussed.

19:52 | Mar 29th, 2014

Today's podcast goes over the history of Crimea and talks about the reasons for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

34:21 | Mar 9th, 2014

The enserfment of the Russian peasant is the saddest and most tragic event in Russian history. Learn how this happened from an innocent beginning to its conclusion in 1906.

11:01 | Mar 2nd, 2014

Belarus has been part of Russian history for a long time. Here is a brief review of it.

14:05 | Feb 10th, 2014

The Battle of Borodino was the turning point of Napoleon's invasion of Russia.

29:02 | Feb 2nd, 2014

The three leading generals of the Napoleonic era were Bagration, Barclay de Tolly and Mikhail Kutuzov.

21:51 | Jan 21st, 2014

The Russian Imperial Army founded by Peter the Great has a long but mixed history.

14:18 | Jan 5th, 2014

Today's podcast follows the lives of three of the six great generals, Chichagov, Wittgenstein and Tormasov.

31:17 | Dec 20th, 2013

Rasputin's purported influence over the Tsar and Tsarina leads to his murder by members of the Russian aristocracy.

24:28 | Dec 8th, 2013

Rasputin's life and murder is one of the most controversial in world history. Here we try to set the record straight.

50:18 | Oct 27th, 2013

The death of Alexander I has long been a mystery. Did he fake his death and become a starets named Feodor Kuzmich to atone for his role in his father Paul I's murder?

16:27 | Oct 6th, 2013

In today's podcast we review the rebellions and discuss why they happened and corollaries to today's world events.

29:23 | Sep 30th, 2013

The Pugachev Rebellion reached incredible heights of violence only to be crushed, with Pugachev betrayed by his own men.

34:04 | Sep 22nd, 2013

The Pugachev Rebellion was the largest of its kind in Russia until the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.

23:35 | Sep 9th, 2013

The Bulavin Rebellion, while the smallest of the four, was the one that might have succeeded if a few things came out differently.

32:50 | Sep 2nd, 2013

Stenka Razin, a Don Cossack ataman, led a large insurgent army towards Moscow to save the Tsar and get rid of the evil boyars.

21:31 | Aug 19th, 2013

The Bolotnikov rebellion was the first of four major rebellions to hit Russia between 1600-1800.

26:55 | Aug 12th, 2013

From 1894 to present day, the ROC almost disappeared. Today, it is vibrant and international.

26:56 | Aug 4th, 2013

The Church went through years of decay post Peter the Great. Numerous schismatic groups flourished throughout Russia.

29:52 | Jul 21st, 2013

The Patriarchal Era spanned a little over 125 years until Peter the Great ended it in 1720.

27:09 | Jul 14th, 2013

The Russian Orthodox Church's founding is steeped in myth and legend. Learn more about the early days in this episode.

19:44 | Jun 23rd, 2013

Russia is a vast and cold country. Learn how that influenced its history.

18:29 | Jun 17th, 2013

Chechnya and Russia have a bitter relationship going back to the time of Ivan the Terrible.

17:09 | May 13th, 2013

Well we made it from Rurik to Putin with the last of the Rulers podcast, Vladimir Putin.

17:12 | Apr 29th, 2013

Boris Yeltsin was successful at tearing apart the USSR but failed at revitalizing Russia.

14:46 | Apr 21st, 2013

Yeltsin pushes the Soviet Union to the brink causing it to collapse on itself.

20:30 | Apr 14th, 2013

Yeltsin, demoted from the Politburo rises to lead Russia as it moves away from the Soviet Union.

23:34 | Apr 3rd, 2013

Yeltsin becomes the First Secretary in Moscow and shakes up things. Along the way he begins to make numerous enemies as he tries to reform the corrupt nomenklatura culture of the communist party

19:51 | Mar 17th, 2013

Boris Yeltsin goes from a young student to the First Secretary of the Sverdlovsk Oblast.

21:16 | Mar 4th, 2013

With the collapse of the USSR, a new person takes control, Boris Yeltsin. Here is the story of how he got there.

33:28 | Feb 5th, 2013

After 74 years of existance, the Soviet Union closes its doors on December 31, 1991.

27:54 | Jan 13th, 2013

The USSR is economically broke and Gorbachev is making things worse.

27:09 | Dec 27th, 2012

Gorbachev tries to rule a country with enormous problems

24:33 | Dec 12th, 2012

We recount Gorbachev's rise to the head of the USSR through his memoir.

18:12 | Nov 28th, 2012

We follow Gorbachev's rise to First Secretary of the Stavropol krai.

13:56 | Nov 22nd, 2012

This podcast is on the Christianization of the Rus according to the Primary Chronicle.

25:46 | Nov 14th, 2012

Based on his memoirs, we recount Gorbachev's rise to the top of the USSR.

09:20 | Oct 31st, 2012

The Blacksmith and the Devil is an old Russian fairy tale.

25:41 | Oct 28th, 2012

After Brezhnev's death, two more Soviet leaders would die in quick succession which would lead to the ascension of Mikhail Gorbachev.

29:48 | Oct 14th, 2012

Brezhnev takes sole control of the USSR but the economy hits an era of stagnation.

25:19 | Oct 7th, 2012

With Khrushchev gone, Brezhnev, Kosygin and Podgorny ascend to the top.

32:44 | Oct 2nd, 2012

The Primary Chronicles is the main writings that allow us to gain insight as to the lives of early Russia. Today's podcast covers the founding of the city of Kiev, the arrival of Rurik, Igor's death and Olga's revenge.

26:17 | Sep 16th, 2012

Nikita Khrushchev reveals his feelings about how the ordinary consumer feels about things in the Soviet Union after his overthrow.

38:38 | Sep 9th, 2012

Making enemies everywhere, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev is ousted from his place as head of the Soviet Union.

43:41 | Sep 2nd, 2012

Reading from Khrushchev Remembers, we recount his point of view about the Sino/Soviet conflict.

45:31 | Aug 26th, 2012

This is a show dedicated to my many listeners and attempts to answer questions posed by them.

20:05 | Aug 12th, 2012

The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to a head with the world holding its collective breaths.

22:39 | Jul 29th, 2012

The decision to place missiles in Cuba by Khrushchev is a bungled disaster.

24:44 | Jul 15th, 2012

The Berlin Wall is erected and the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to unleash a thermonuclear war.

18:11 | Jul 8th, 2012

Mao visits Moscow to meet with Khrushchev and makes some startling statements.

27:31 | Jul 5th, 2012

Khrushchev's American trip did little to help ease worldwide tensions but the U-2 incident and the shoe banging incident in the U.N. was even worse.

15:48 | Jun 27th, 2012

Khrushchev and associates pay their first visit to China.

27:55 | Jun 25th, 2012

Khrushchev, now undisputed leader of the USSR, is determined thaw out relations with the West, his way.

22:55 | Jun 20th, 2012

From the book Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament, this podcast focuses of the origins of the schism between the USSR and China.

19:27 | Jun 18th, 2012

Khrushchev, having survived a coup, takes on the international stage.

20:31 | Jun 10th, 2012

The Anti-Party group led by Molotov, Kaganovich and Malenkov attempt to overthrow Khrushchev.

30:08 | Jun 3rd, 2012

After giving the Secret Speech, unforeseen crises erupted, the greatest of which was the Hungarian Revolution.

21:20 | May 28th, 2012

His rise to the top is one of legends. Here we follow Nikita Khrushchev's improbable climb.

13:40 | May 14th, 2012

Nikita Khrushchev grew up in abject poverty yet he eventually became one of the most powerful men in the world.

24:30 | May 7th, 2012

Khrushchev begins his jockeying for power against Malenkov and Molotov.

46:12 | Apr 20th, 2012

An edited version of the Secret Speech of Nikita Khrushchev given to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party in 1956 is read.

24:34 | Apr 15th, 2012

With Stalin dead, a power vacuum gets filled but Beria failed to see a plot led by Khrushchev to overthrow him.

33:01 | Apr 8th, 2012

Joseph Stalin, who ruled the USSR for 30 years was planning World War III when he died of a stroke in 1953.

24:47 | Apr 1st, 2012

With World War II over, Stalin now plans for global domination and starts the Cold War.

23:34 | Mar 25th, 2012

With the Germans being beaten across the board, Stalin resumes purging his people of nationalistic tendencies.

38:03 | Mar 18th, 2012

The Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad as well as the siege of Leningrad are center stage.

18:36 | Mar 11th, 2012

Hitler's Wehrmacht invades Russia and Stalin is forced to figure out a way to save his country.

20:54 | Mar 4th, 2012

Preparations are made by the Germans and Russians for war and on June 22, 1941 Stalin got his wish.

25:44 | Feb 19th, 2012

Stalin fuels the fires of paranoia to escalate the Great Purge of 1937 and 38.

26:01 | Feb 12th, 2012

The Great Purges was a time where millions were killed to eliminate all enemies of Joseph Stalin.

19:39 | Feb 5th, 2012

Stalin begins the Reign of Terror sending millions of Russians to their death.

24:23 | Jan 29th, 2012

Stalin takes control of the USSR and ousts his enemies, Trotsky, Kamenev and Zinoviev.

23:12 | Jan 22nd, 2012

Stalin quickly rises up the ranks, becoming a minister in the new Bolshevik government.

17:54 | Jan 9th, 2012

As a preview to the post-Rulers podcasts, today we focus on Mikhail Bakunin famed philosopher/anarchist.

20:06 | Dec 24th, 2011

Soso, became the revolutionary Koba who followed his idol Lenin and the Bolshevik Party.

21:38 | Dec 18th, 2011

Today's podcast tells the tale of the young Stalin, known in his childhood as Soso.

21:35 | Dec 11th, 2011

Lenin, resolves the economic disasters hitting Russia, suffers 3 strokes which take him out of control of the country.

21:28 | Dec 4th, 2011

With Lenin taking control of the government, a civil war broke out that threatened his position.

22:32 | Nov 27th, 2011

Vladimir Lenin takes control of the Russian government amidst chaos in Petrograd.

19:08 | Nov 14th, 2011

With Nicholas II gone, the Provisional Government led by Alexander Kerensky takes control.

20:22 | Oct 30th, 2011

Today's episode is meant to answer questions that have been posed about Russian history.

19:00 | Oct 24th, 2011

Nicholas II has abdicated the throne and is now house arrest where he awaits his fate.

23:05 | Oct 16th, 2011

Nicholas II under increasing pressure to abdicate, gives up the throne his family held for over 300 years.

18:29 | Oct 11th, 2011

Nicholas II celebrates a number of historical events while he gets his country ready to plunge into WWI.

19:28 | Oct 2nd, 2011

Nicholas II steers Russian foreign policy towards war after changing the makeup of the Duma.

20:25 | Sep 27th, 2011

Tsar Nicholas II allows for a Duma to be formed after the Revolution of 1905.

18:42 | Sep 19th, 2011

Russia plunges headlong into war with Japan and suffers a humiliating defeat.

15:36 | Sep 4th, 2011

Nicholas II, instead of relaxing the policies of his father Alexander III, tightens them alienating more and more of his subjects.

15:27 | Aug 29th, 2011

Nicholas II becomes Tsar reluctantly on the death of his father. Within years tragedy strikes at the celebration of his coronation at the Khodynka Field.

16:33 | Aug 8th, 2011

Alexander III take control of Russia and undoes many of the reforms of his late, murdered father.

21:43 | Jul 31st, 2011

Alexander II tries to reform Russia only to have multiple assassinations come his way. Eventually one was to succeed bringing his reign to an abrupt end.

15:56 | Jul 24th, 2011

With Nicholas I dead and the Crimean War going badly, Alexander II takes control and seeks to reform his Russia.

19:48 | Jul 20th, 2011

So how do I come up with all of my podcasts? This episode host Mark Schauss reviews the books he uses to research the subject of Russian History.

14:41 | Jul 17th, 2011

Nicholas I, keeps his reactionary position intact which causes Russia to lose the Crimean War, with the army suffering horrible losses.

16:53 | Jul 11th, 2011

Alexander I dies and his brother Nicholas takes control but not without a bit of controversy.

14:03 | Jul 3rd, 2011

Napoleon is chased by Alexander I all the way to Paris. The Tsar then has a change in personality causing him to reverse many of his earlier reforms.

05:01 | Jun 30th, 2011

Mikhail Speransky was a brilliant man who saw how bad things truly were in Russia in the early 19th century. This short episode is a reading from a memorandum he wrote.

19:34 | Jun 27th, 2011

Napoleon continues to menace the Russian border until he decides to invade in 1812. Things don't go as planned.

15:38 | Jun 19th, 2011

Alexander I takes over for his murdered father Paul I. Napoleon is charging through Europe threatening Russia.

14:17 | Jun 12th, 2011

Serfdom enslaved 90% of the Russian population which represented 54 million people by the time Alexander I took the throne. Today's episode looks at historical evidence of the plight of these people.

15:39 | Jun 5th, 2011

With Catherine the Great dead, her son Paul I sought to reverse all that she had accomplished.

16:18 | May 29th, 2011

Catherine, now in her sixties takes her last breath ushering in the reign of her son, Paul I.

18:07 | May 22nd, 2011

Empress Catherine, having taken control of the Crimea, sets off on a grand tour of the newly conquered land.

17:37 | May 18th, 2011

Catherine, now in her 50's marries off Paul yet again and is given the heir's she so desperately wanted.

12:17 | May 11th, 2011

In another Cliff Notes version of the podcast, we review the time from Dmitri Donskoi to the birth of Ivan the Terrible.

16:36 | May 9th, 2011

Tired of her brainless lover, Catherine brings to court the love of her life, Grigory Potemkin.

17:40 | May 3rd, 2011

The greatest peasant rebellion in Russian history, led by Pugachev sends shivers down Empress Catherine's spine.

18:34 | Apr 30th, 2011

On April 30, 2010, I started this podcast, now one year later, I will recount the episodes from the beginning in a condensed form.

20:13 | Apr 24th, 2011

Catherine, now in firm control, becomes the first Russian to be innoculated for smallpox. She also starts a war with the Ottoman Empire.

19:23 | Apr 15th, 2011

Catherine, fresh off the coup d'etat which brought her to power, consolidates her tenuous hold on the throne.

20:11 | Apr 10th, 2011

Catherine, now Grand Duchess of Russia, plots to take control once Empress Elizabeth dies.

18:04 | Apr 3rd, 2011

Sophie, now baptized Catherine Alexeyevna, begins to understand that her life was not to be an easy one. She was to find out who the Russians really were.

19:14 | Mar 27th, 2011

Sophie Augusta Fredericka was an unlikely candidate to marry well. We follow her early years before she wed the future Tsar Peter III.

11:01 | Mar 21st, 2011

Peter III, in his few short months accomplished much. The Manifesto Freeing the Nobility From Service was one such accomplishment.

15:23 | Mar 13th, 2011

Elizabeth I, Empress of Russia, had Russia embroiled in 2 world wars up until her death.

15:58 | Mar 7th, 2011

Elizabeth, having overthrown Ivan VI in a bloodless coup, rules Russia with a opulent style spending vast sums of money on the luxuries of the day.

19:02 | Feb 27th, 2011

Peter the Great is dead and his successor Catherine I died only 2 years later. Anna was followed by Peter II and Ivan VI who was overthrown by Peter the Great's daughter Elizabeth.

09:15 | Feb 25th, 2011

One of Peter the Great's reforms was the publishing of the Table of Ranks. It defined where a man would be in terms of nobility and place in society.

18:58 | Feb 19th, 2011

Peter the Great's reign, lasting 42 years comes to an end. His legacy though, lasts to this day.

17:31 | Feb 8th, 2011

Peter the Great's son Alexis, turns out to be the great disappointment of the Tsar's life. Russia begins to bring fear throughout Europe as its power grows.

16:13 | Jan 31st, 2011

Bathing in the glory of Poltava, Peter becomes too cocky and almost has everything reversed at Pruth.

09:11 | Jan 25th, 2011

Charles XII of Sweden was a thorn in Peter I's side for many years. Here I give a brief overview of his life and impact on the world.

19:57 | Jan 24th, 2011

The Battle of Poltava is a seminal moment in Russian history destined to change the country forever. Peter accomplishes this while building St. Petersburg.

15:23 | Jan 16th, 2011

Peter, fresh from his Great Embassy, embarks on the Great Northern War against Sweden.

16:58 | Jan 10th, 2011

Peter travels from Holland to England than off the Vienna before returning to Moscow to deal with the Streltsy revolt.

13:26 | Dec 23rd, 2010

Peter embarks on a Great Embassy to meet with the leaders of Europe and work as a simple carpenter in the ship building capitals of the world.

18:06 | Dec 16th, 2010

Peter, having partied for 5 years, is ready to take control of things and take the fight to the Turk backed Tatars in Azov.

14:29 | Dec 10th, 2010

Peter has shed himself of Sophia but yearns to be with the foreigners and party the night away. His group is known as the Jolly band and is well-known for their all night partying.

14:59 | Dec 4th, 2010

Sophia's time is up and Peter grabs for power. The power play boxes the regent into a corner and forces her into a monastery.

08:13 | Dec 1st, 2010

In the 17th century Moscow began to understand its limitation and why it needed to westernize.

04:17 | Nov 28th, 2010

Were the Muscovites literate? Did they have an educational system? We answer these questions in today's short podcast.

09:48 | Nov 26th, 2010

Muscovite art and architecture was a thing of beauty at the time of Peter the Great's rise to power.

11:39 | Nov 23rd, 2010

Sophia, fresh from taking control of Russia through the use of the Streltsy relies on her love Vasili Golitsyn to run Russia.

09:00 | Nov 22nd, 2010

From the book A History of Russia by Riasanovsky and Steinberg comes a description of Muscovite thought and literature.

16:08 | Nov 16th, 2010

From A History of Russia by Riasanovsky and Steinberg, we recount the issue of religion and the schism in Muscovite Russia. I heartily recommend the 8th edition of this monumental work

14:56 | Nov 12th, 2010

Now in his early teens, Peter begins his life lessons, especially the lessons of war. Staying outside Moscow, he gains his love for the water and ships.

19:31 | Nov 4th, 2010

Feodor dies leaving no direct heir but the Streltsy have in mind that their will be done.

17:26 | Oct 29th, 2010

Alexis I and Feodor III begin the slow Westernization of Russia through tumultuous times.

08:02 | Oct 22nd, 2010

The writings of Adam Olearius give us an insight into the day to day lives of the Russian people in the 17th Century.

08:19 | Oct 16th, 2010

The Cossacks were a free living peoples who play a big role in Russian history due to their military service.

17:22 | Oct 14th, 2010

The Time of Troubles is over but Russia needs a new Tsar. A sixteen year old boy, Michael Romanov is selected to lead the nation.

15:53 | Oct 8th, 2010

Boris Godunov becomes Tsar at the worst possible moment, the beginning of the Time of Troubles. False Dmitri's abound in this weeks podcast.

13:29 | Oct 1st, 2010

Ivan the Terrible is dead replaced by his feeble minded son Feodor. Boris Godunov sits and waits for his turn at being Tsar.

16:18 | Sep 24th, 2010

Ivan nearing the end of his life strikes out at his own son causing the eventual end of the Rurik line of rulers.

05:20 | Sep 18th, 2010

What was the Oprichnina? Was it the musings of a madman or a brilliant measure to centralize power?

16:56 | Sep 16th, 2010

Ivan, now in true psychopathic mode begins the full-scale terror of the Oprichnina period.

05:51 | Sep 12th, 2010

Ivan the Terrible was known for his cruelty but should have been equally known for his many wives, eight.

14:03 | Sep 10th, 2010

His wife dead, his mentors banished or murdered, Ivan begins his reign of terror, first aimed at the boyar class. Nothing was left ot hold Ivan back.

15:42 | Sep 3rd, 2010

Ivan IV, fresh from the victory at Kazan, endures two tragic events in the coming years, the death of his son Dmitri and his wife Anastasia.

21:05 | Aug 26th, 2010

Ivan, fresh off his wedding and coronation, sets off the rid himself of the Tartar menace in Kazan.

20:23 | Aug 19th, 2010

Ivan IV, now rid of his antagonists, gets ready to ascend to the throne and get married. Then crisis strikes the young Tsar.

14:17 | Aug 12th, 2010

Ivan, left to fend for himself is largely ignored by his supposed protectors. Traumatic events were to follow his youthfull years.

16:07 | Aug 5th, 2010

Young Ivan IV, Grand Prince of Moscow, serves as a figurehead ruler with his mother as Regent.

16:55 | Jul 22nd, 2010

Vasilli III, son of Ivan the Great continues his fathers expansionist policies. We also answer the question why Moscow?

19:08 | Jul 15th, 2010

The final episode of Ivan the Great's life discusses the many issues he dealt with towards the end of his reign.

14:59 | Jul 7th, 2010

Ivan deals with both a new wife and the end of the dominance of the Golden Horde this week as well as finishing of pesky Tver.

15:39 | Jul 2nd, 2010

Ivan the Great, gatherer of Russian lands, defeats and brings into the fold the pesky city state of Novgorod. Don't forget to follow Russian Rulers on Facebook.

07:11 | Jun 29th, 2010

In this short podcast, I discuss the life and enormous influence of St. Sergius of Radonezh.

14:37 | Jun 25th, 2010

The son and grandson of Dmitri Donskoi lead Russia through difficult times, avoiding disaster but wearing the Muscovite populace down.

15:10 | Jun 19th, 2010

Dmitri Donskoi, hero of the battle of Kulikovo Field was to shatter the myth of Mongol invincibility.

16:21 | Jun 10th, 2010

Ivan I or Moneybags, begins to consolidate power into has hands and into the city of Moscow.

12:22 | Jun 3rd, 2010

Alexander Nevsky was dead and the Mongols were in control. A little town, of no consequence begins its rise through its leader Daniel, Nevsky's little boy.

14:01 | May 28th, 2010

Alexander Nevsky, the shining light in a sea of darkness, has his life and influence discussed in today's podcast.

03:36 | May 24th, 2010

In a quick or slap shot of an episode, we delve into the appanage system of inheritance that helped rule Russia and ultimately made it vunerable.

17:28 | May 19th, 2010

Andrei Bogolyubski, fresh from his destruction of Kiev, sets the stage for autocratic rule in Russia. On the horizon though come the fearsome Mongols.

13:35 | May 13th, 2010

Yaroslav the Wise and Vladimir Monomakh reign kiev during its zenith which was to come to a swift and brutal end.

16:37 | May 7th, 2010

Vladimir the Great, the man who helped convert his nation to Christianity and Sviatopolk the Accursed who caused a civil war after Vladimir's death are discussed.

24:44 | Apr 30th, 2010

Who are the Russians? In this episode we talk about the early peoples who inhabited this vast land. Also we recount the stories of the founding of the rulers of Kiev, starting with the legendary Rurik.