By Michael Kort
Detailing the social, financial, and political alterations and crises that the folks of Russia have needed to suffer, this ebook presents a finished account of this massive country's background. It contains assurance at the conquest and rule of Russia by means of the Mongol Golden Horde; and the reign of terror by means of Ivan the negative.
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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. Ivan satisfied himself with tightening the noose around Pskov, leaving the final task of strangling it completely and annexing it to Moscow to Vasily III, his son and successor, who dutifully completed the job in 1510.
Dmitry nonetheless assembled a formidable army, perhaps as large as 150,000 men, and marched south from Moscow to meet the massive Mongol force of about 200,000. The site Dmitry chose for the battle, Kulikovo “field,” belies its name in a way that favored the Russians. It actually is a hilly area cut by streams, a terrain that prevented the Mongol cavalry from exploiting its mobility. When the fighting started, the Mongols found they had to charge Russian positions directly rather than flank and envelop them.
In 737, just five years after the Frankish leader Charles Martel won the battle near the banks of the Loire River in France that halted the Muslim advance into Europe in the west and pushed the invaders back into Spain, the Khazars turned back the Arabs in the east, driving them south of the Caucasus Mountains. The steadfast Khazar stand left all of eastern Europe open to Christianity, an opportunity Christian missionaries would not seriously exploit for another 200 years. In short, it changed the course of European history.
A Brief History of Russia by Michael Kort