Unit 3: Russia
Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of physical area, and is almost twice the size of the United States. A coast-to-coast train journey from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok would take an entire week of travel, and you would travel through eight time zones! Russia extends from its European core across the Ural Mountains into Siberia, further to the Pacific Ocean in the east. Its extensive landscapes include major metropolitan areas like Moscow, vast territories in the Arctic north, the immense forests of Siberia, massive grain farms, and mountain communities in the Caucasus. Russia is rich natural resources, and has a slowly declining population with extremes of wealth and poverty.
In this unit, we will explore Russia's physical characteristics, its cultural diversity, and its environmental challenges. We will look at the historical development patterns of Russia and its economy, starting with its Revolution in the early 1900s. Next, we will examine collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the political and economic realities of post-Soviet Russia. Finally, we will end the unit by exploring specific regions within Russia.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 2 hours.
3.1: Introducing Russia
3.2: The USSR and the Russian Federation
3.3: Regions of Russia