When these reforms did begin to change women’s lives legally, they also helped to expand their abilities socially.The Petrine reforms of this century allowed for more female participation in society, when before they were merely an afterthought as wives and mothers.Nevertheless, a common historical and political context provides a room for speaking about women in Russia in general.Archaeological evidence suggests that the present day territory of Russia was inhabited since prehistoric times: 1.5-million-year-old Oldowan flint tools were discovered in the Dagestan Akusha region of the north Caucasus, demonstrating the presence of early humans in Russia from a very early time.Its fall in 1991 led, as in most of the former communist bloc countries of Eastern Europe, to an economic collapse and other social problems.
Large cities underwent the westernization process more rapidly and successfully than the outlying rural villages.
After 1731, property rights were expanded to include inheritance in land property.
It also gave women greater power over the estates in that had been willed to them, or received in their wedding dowry.
The direct ancestors of Russians are the Eastern Slavs and the Finno-Ugric peoples.
For most of the 20th century, the history of Russia is essentially that of the Soviet Union.