By Michael Kort

Detailing the social, fiscal, and political adjustments and crises that the folks of Russia have needed to suffer, this ebook offers a finished account of this large country's heritage. It contains insurance at the conquest and rule of Russia by means of the Mongol Golden Horde; and the reign of terror via Ivan the poor.

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They were mainly farmers and cattle raisers, but they had also founded close to 300 towns and engaged in trade and a wide variety of crafts. Their weak point apparently was political organization, at least according to the Russians who wrote the Primary Russian Chronicle, a document dating from the 12th century that is the earliest known source on Russian history. The Primary Chronicle records that because of continual fighting among the East Slavic tribes, they turned to the Varangians with the following invitation: “Our land is great and rich, but there is no order in it.

The infidels began fleeing on all sides. . And then Prince Dmitry Ivanovich addressed the dead: Fellow princes, boyars, and sons of boyars, you have found peace everlasting here, between the Don and the Dnieper, on the prairie of Kulikovo. . (Safony of Ryazan, Zadonshchina, in Zenkovsky 1974: 216–223) 22 BEFORE THE RUSSIANS, KIEVAN RUS, AND MUSCOVITE RUSSIA Moscow’s strength, especially relative to other Russian principalities, continued to grow. The principality gained new territory under Dmitry Donskoi’s immediate successors, Vasily I (r.

Vasily III Vasily III (r. 1505–33) was a worthy successor to his father and ruled Muscovy for the considerable period of 28 years. From the point of view of historical stature, it was Vasily’s misfortune to have his reign sandwiched between the tenures of Russia’s two mighty, charismatic 30 INDEPENDENCE AND UNIFICATION: THE LAST RURIKIDS TO THE FIRST ROMANOVS Ivans. The watershed accomplishments of Ivan the Great and the fire and brimstone of Ivan the Terrible have tended to obscure the substantial but unspectacular achievements of Vasily III.

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