According to Russian chronicles, once some Jews approached Vladimir, the prince of Kiev, the city where I was born and the capital of mighty Kievan Russia
(Rus'), and asked him if he would convert to Judaism.
During the 10th and 11th centuries Kievan Russia
was the largest state in Europe, The cultural and religious legacy of Kievan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism.
He describes the growth of the faith in Kievan Russia
, examines the growth of monasticism and administrative structure, and explores Russian Orthodoxy's relationship with dissenters, Roman Catholics and Jews.
He argues, for instance, that 'Tantric sensuality' sapped Indian vitality, thinks that Buddhism arose in reaction against Hinduism, blames the Graeco-Persian wars for a supposed collapse of Indian Ocean trade, and assures us that 'millennial expectation produced a spate of more or less convincingly Christian rulers in Europe, including Romanos Lecapenos of Byzantium, Grand Prince Vladimir of Kievan Russia
, Otto I of Germany, St.
On specific examples of early medieval interaction between Slavs and non-Slavs in Kievan Russia
, see George Vernadsky, Kievan Russia
(New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1976, 1948), 162, 193; John Fennell, The Crisis of Medieval Russia, 1200-1304 (New York: Longman, 1983), 83; Henry Howarth, History of the Mongols, Vol.
Thus, he places Thorvald at well-nigh every major event in Eastern Europe straddling the millennial year 1000, from the forced mass conversion to Christianity of Kievan Russia
under Vladimir I to important but futile ecumenical negotiations between Rome and Constantinople that half a century later climaxed in the Great Schism.