Many Americans hear only one mention of Brest during their schooling: the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which ended World War I for Russia. The history of Brest City and Region are much more complex.
The Wikipedia article for Brest provides an excellent top-level introduction to Brest. Another Wikipedia article Brisk Yeshivas and Methods presents the Brisk Yeshiva primarily in terms of the Soloveitchik family dynasty.
The JewishGen Yizkor Book Translation Project for Brest provides a history of Jewish Brest from the 9th century, commencing with an article The Old Town of Brest-Litovsk: The story of the Jews in Brisk D'Lita.
The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus website provides some 70 links under the topic History and several hundred more related links. (Unfortunately, many of the links are stale.)
A private website provides Brest Through Centuries.
Kresy refers to the eastern borderlands of Poland.
The website Kresy.co.uk contains Brzesc(Brest)... Short Description/History.. Kievan Rus. 1019 - 1319 and The Legend of Brzesc.
BelarusGuide.com provides a History of Belarus (Great Litva) and Notes From The History Of Belarus...from ancient times to the present moment
BrestRegion.com provides a History of Brest Region from the 11th through the 20th century
BrestOnLine.com posts this history of early Brest, Bierascie - city of the Kievan Rus. 1019 - 1319