Russia and China

-Both were Gunpowder Empires that easily conquered neighboring nomadic people because of their advanced weapons.
-The Mongols taught the Russians a lot about governing and fighting
-They traded with each other
-Both had disputes over land borders
-Treaty of Nerchinsk
a) Brought peace for 150 yrs.
b) Signed August 27, 1689
c) Russians gave up the land north of the Amur River, east of the mouth of the Argun River but kept the area between Argun River and Lake Baikal

In China and the Far East, Russia was on a much more level field than with the rest of Europe. They were both controlled by Mongols at some point and both had to contend with a variety ethnic and nationalist groups, including independent nomadic steppe peoples. Additionally, Russia's rigid "two class" political makeup (nobility and serfs/peasants) was very like that of China. Because of these similarities, most of the treaties signed between the Russians and Chinese powers were on a more equal footing than than similar dealings with Europeans.

Russia and Eastern Europe

Russian Troops at Poltava
Russian Troops at Poltava

- Battle of Poltava
a) Swedes laid siege to Russian garrison of Poltava in 1709
b) Russian victory
c)ended Swedish dominance in region, promoted Russia as an imperial power
-Both anti-Semitic
-Ivan III when gaining land, acquires Novgorod, allows trade between Eastern Europe and northern regions of Russia
- Livonian War
a)peace treaty with Poland in 1582

The Russians relationship with Eastern Europeans was full of long standing, deeply rooted conflicts. The Russians were determined to gain Eastern Europe's land in order to stretch their possessions, gain trade dominance, and to have protection from the Western Europeans. The Eastern Europeans(especially the Polish) would retaliate and try to gain control of Russia in order to protect their nationalism. With this in mind, the Russians were likely to go to war with the Eastern Europeans in order to display dominance.


- Russia was willing to negotiate with both regions(although those some regions are more willing to use diplomacy in return)
- Russia planned on breaking up national groups in both regions
- Russians attempted to expand in east and west to expand their influence

Russian interactions with China and Eastern Europe show how the Russians were confident in their power, and they hoped to show it off to the rest of the world. To display their power, they wanted to go into neighboring regions and take control. Other regions resisted and fought for their land, agreements were made and for the most part, these conflicts were settled.

Creators: Amy Aldrich, Patrick Erskine, Blair Crossman
Edited by: Cassie Scott (Just made a few formating changes and edited some grammar stuff (ie: comas))
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