FOUNDATIONS: THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE

I. GEOGRAPHY & ITS IMPACT

A. BIG, FLAT, COLD, SEMI-LANDLOCKED B. TUNDRA, TAIGA, FOREST, STEPPE C. AUTOCRACY, COLLECTIVISM, XENOPHOBIA D. MILITARISM & EXPANSIONISM

II. EURASIAN PEOPLES & MIGRATIONS

A. CIMMERIANS (1000-700BC) B. SCYTHIANS (700-300BC) C. SARMATIANS (300BC-250AD) D. GOTHS (250-370AD) E. HUNS (370-450AD): ATTILA F. AVARS (550-650AD): SLAVIC MIGRATIONS G. KHAZARS (650-1000AD): ITIL H. VARANGIANS: RIURIK > NOVGOROD, 862