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A Brief History of Russia by Michael Kort PDF

By Michael Kort

ISBN-10: 0816071128

ISBN-13: 9780816071128

ISBN-10: 143810829X

ISBN-13: 9781438108292

Detailing the social, monetary, and political adjustments and crises that the folk of Russia have needed to suffer, this e-book presents a accomplished account of this gigantic country's background. It comprises insurance at the conquest and rule of Russia by way of the Mongol Golden Horde; and the reign of terror by way of Ivan the bad.

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Moscow was one of the first towns the Mongols pillaged when they invaded Russia in 1237. The town recovered, as it was forced to many times in its history, and slowly began to grow. It did not become a separate principality with its own ruling house until 1301. In the grim oppressiveness of Mongol rule, Moscow—or Muscovy, as the principality was called—enjoyed several advantages. Its population gradually swelled as people from the exposed steppe sought safety in the northern forests. Its location on the broad Moscow River—a tributary of the Oka, which in turn flows into the Volga—placed it on important trade routes and aided its economic growth.

I will rule the entire state” (Riazanovsky 1969: 115). Just to make sure that statement would not be challenged and that no opposition 25 A BRIEF HISTORY OF RUSSIA survived, Ivan conducted further purges of the city’s elite during the 1480s, deporting 9,000 boyars, smaller landholders, and merchants in 1489 alone and replacing them with loyalists from Moscow. Novgorod’s fall left representative government in Russia on life support, tenuously alive only in Pskov, the so-called younger brother of Novgorod on Russia’s western fringe.

The town recovered, as it was forced to many times in its history, and slowly began to grow. It did not become a separate principality with its own ruling house until 1301. In the grim oppressiveness of Mongol rule, Moscow—or Muscovy, as the principality was called—enjoyed several advantages. Its population gradually swelled as people from the exposed steppe sought safety in the northern forests. Its location on the broad Moscow River—a tributary of the Oka, which in turn flows into the Volga—placed it on important trade routes and aided its economic growth.

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