SPICE: Russia 1450- 1750
By Chloe Calabria
Interactions with the environment
The Ural Mountains were one of the most helpful geographical land masses because they offered protection from enemies and plentiful goods for trade. It was very cold and frigid in Russia (especially in the mountains) so the Russians used fur from animals such as bears and foxes to keep warm. Also helpful was the Volga River which served as a way to travel, trade, and even attack enemies.
Architecture flourished greatly in the 15th and 16th centuries because buildings were being made out of stone instead of wood. The most common buildings made were Orthodox churches with domes. These were so popular because Russia was primarily Eastern Orthodox although there were small Muslim groups. Education was very limited in Russia. Usually, only the elite were taught which meant there was never a real time of educational enlightenment.