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The Russian Empire 1450-1801$
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Nancy Shields Kollmann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280513.001.0001

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De Facto Empire

De Facto Empire

The Rise of Moscow

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The Russian Empire 1450-1801

Nancy Shields Kollmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys the consolidation of regional political power by the grand princes of Moscow in the fourteenth through mid-sixteenth centuries. It reflects on the heritage of the Kyiv Rus’ state, from which Muscovy derived princely dynasty and religion and on Moscow’s interaction with the Mongol Empire, called Qipchaq khanate in the Eurasian steppe. The chapter details how both the Grand Principality of Moscow and Grand Duchy of Lithuania rose in the vacuum of power as Mongol authority faded from the late fourteenth century and recounts Moscow’s successive conquests of surrounding principalities, culminating in that of the city republics of Novgorod (1478) and Pskov (1510). The creation of trade relations with the English in the 1550s ends the chapter.

Keywords:   Moscow, Kyiv Rus’, East Slavs, Ukraine, Novgorod, Mongol empire, England, Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Muscovy Company, Kazan

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