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By Michael Kort
Detailing the social, financial, and political adjustments and crises that the folk of Russia have needed to suffer, this ebook offers a entire account of this sizeable country's historical past. It contains insurance at the conquest and rule of Russia through the Mongol Golden Horde; and the reign of terror by means of Ivan the bad.
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These early rulers solidified the status of the Kievan dynasty, which took its name from Rurik and lasted until the end of the 16th century. Kievan Rus remained a loose federation of princely city-states, with the grand prince of Kiev enjoying an often tenuous status as the leading prince. This political instability led to fragmentation and ultimately contributed to Kiev’s downfall. Before that happened, however, several important developments took place that helped forge a common identity among the East Slavs that outlasted the Kievan Rus state.
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. Moreover, once it became a principality Moscow was blessed with a line of princes who were long-lived, intelligent, ruthless, and—not inconsequentially—lucky, an attribute in short supply in Russia but desperately needed while the Mongols ruled.
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. This somewhat unfair development is perhaps best illustrated by his lack of an unofficial sobriquet after his name; perhaps “Vasily the Consolidator” or “Vasily the Stabilizer” might have been suitable. In any event, Vasily continued ably to implement his father’s policies. He completed the annexation of the principalities of Pskov and Ryazan, deporting their leading boyars in the ruthless manner of his father.