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1 Russia Chapter 8

2 A Vast Land: Climate & Geography of Russia Chapter 8 Section 1

3 I. A Vast Expanse Worlds largest country Almost twice size of U.S. Eurasian country: Russia lies on both Europe & Asia Borders 14 countries 11 time zones


5 II. Bodies of Water North: Arctic Ocean East: Pacific Ocean Caspian Sea & Black Sea form natural borders between southwestern Russia & Western Europe –Caspian Sea: size of CA/largest inland saltwater body in the world

6 Russia Kazakhstan Turkmenistan Iran Azerbaijan

7 Lake Baikal in Siberia is worlds largest freshwater lake holding 20% of worlds unfrozen freshwater. (oldest lake in the world)

8 The Volga River is the longest river in Europe & a vital transportation route.


10 III. Climate Four climate zones: steppe, humid continental, sub arctic & tundra Western Russia: summers are warm/rainy; winters are cold/snowy Eastern Russia: summers are short/cool; winters are long/snowy Most ports are closed parts of the year due to ice

11 Climate map

12 Europe or Asia? Ural Mountains North European Plain Siberia

13 IV. One country, Two continents Russia lies on two continents Ural Mountains act as a separation between two continents: –Europe –Asia

14 Europe Asia Ural Mountains

15 North European Plain

16 V. North European Plain: European Russia 75% of Russias population lives here Mild climate Majority of Russias industry & agriculture Good farmland (the steppe) Caucasus Mountains form southern border with Georgia & Azerbaijan

17 Caucasus Mountains

18 Russia Kazakhstan Turkmenistan Iran Azerbaijan Caucasus Mountains


20 Siberia Ural Mountains North European Plain Siberia

21 VI. Siberia: Asian Russia Located east of Ural Mountains One of worlds coldest climate Northern Siberia: Tundra & permafrost cover 40% of Russia; taiga in the south –Fishing, hunting seals & walruses, herding reindeer –Few people Southern Siberia: Plains, plateaus & mountains –Home to Siberian Tiger (endangered), bear, reindeer, lynx, wolf, elk, etc.

22 Endangered Siberian Tiger

23 Kamchatka Peninsula


25 VII. Kamchatka Peninsula Mountainous Over 120 volcanoes (20 active) Part of Ring of Fire (zone of active volcanoes that forms the western, northern, and eastern edges of Pacific)

26 Kronotsky volcano, an 11,975-foot volcanic peak.

27 A Troubled History Chapter 8 Section 2

28 I. What is a Czar? Czar comes from Caesar meaning king or emperor Caesar was the Latin term that Roman emperors used, ex. Caesar Augustus German king known as Kaiser comes from same word Sometimes written as Tsar Wife of Tsar: Tsarina or Tsarista; Son: Tsaravitch; Daughter: Tsarevna

29 II. Rule of the Czars Czars ruled Russia from 1500s-1917 Expanded Russias borders (page 246) Westernized and modernized Russia –Built cities like St. Petersburg (named after Peter the Great) Peter the Great (1672-1725)

30 St. Petersburg: Venice of the North Served as capital of Russia until 1917


32 III. The Soviet Era 1914 WWI affects all of Europe Food shortages blamed on Czar Led to Russian Revolution in 1917

33 The 300-year-old Romanov dynasty ended on June 17, 1918 when the entire royal family was murdered. Nicholas II was the last czar of Russia.

34 Chapter 8, Section 2 Day Two

35 IV. Communism Vladimir Lenin, a leader of the Russian Revolution, set up a Communist state –Communist state: strong government control of economy & society. Capital moved to Moscow (fear of invasion)

36 V. Formation of the Soviet Union Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, called USSR Formed in 1922 15 republics (including Russia)

37 Yellow area: Russia/Green areas: former Soviet Union

38 VI. USSR under Stalin: Joseph Stalin became leader after Lenin died in 1924 Ended private business ownership Collectivization: farms combined into larger farm owned by government Command Economy: factory managers told what to make and how to make it Those who opposed/disagreed with Stalin sent to prison camps in Siberia

39 VII. Cold War 1940- late 1980s After WWII, Stalin set up Communist government in neighboring Eastern European countries: Poland, Eastern Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria These became satellite nations controlled by USSR-said to be behind an iron curtain. US & USSR engage in competition for world influence without any actual fighting (ex. Space Race)

40 VIII. Collapse of Soviet Union Lack of competition in economy caused government-owned factories to be inefficient & produce poor-quality goods Government spent too much money on military causing scarcity (not enough) of food Many different ethnic groups resent/dislike Russian control of government

41 IX. Last Chance for Communism: Gorbachevs Reforms Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader in 1985 Introduces changes such as perestroika & glasnost –Perestroika: restructuring; loosened government control of economy –Glasnost: openness; people allowed to speak freely

42 X. End to Communism Gorbachevs reforms only cause more distrust of communist government Late 1980s: protests erupt in satellite nations By 1991 USSR collapses & all 15 republics declare independence from Soviet Union Russia emerges as largest & most powerful of all republics

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