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Is today’s Russia in a position to democracy, the loose marketplace, and a pluralist ideology? during this re-creation of A historical past of Russia, Paul Dukes investigates those questions, taking into complete account the intense alterations that experience happened because the arrival of first Mikhail Gorbachev after which Boris Yeltsin. considerably extended and rewritten, this new version units those occasions in the context of over 1100 years of Russian historical past. Dukes reports the successive levels in Russian historical past from medieval Kiev and Muscovy to the present post-Soviet Union, with targeted sections on political, fiscal, and cultural facets of every period.
With its breadth of scope and conciseness of presentation, this 3rd variation of A background of Russia should be important to scholars of ecu and Russian historical past, and in addition to scholars of Russian language, literature, and social science.

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In her heyday, Kiev exported furs, honey and wax to Byzantium, with slaves in addition in earlier times and grain later. Luxury items, such as wines, silks and jewels, predominated among the imports from Byzantium. The same exports - furs, honey and wax - together with woollen fabrics were sent to the Orient to be exchanged for silks, spices, jewels, luxury metal goods and horses. In the earlier period, Kiev supplanted Novgorod as the main intermediary between the Orient and the West, but by the twelfth century, Novgorod was regaining her predominance.

The princes of Moscow were also assisted by the support of the Church. They made their own distinctive individual contribution by siring progeny sturdy enough to allow an unbroken line for more than a century. 11 Some historians, finding Kliuchevskii' s analysis too neat and too Moscow-centred, look for a more reliable interpretation of Moscow's rise in the work of A. E. Presniakov, who died in 1929_12 Presniakov pointed out that while unification reflected a natural tendency and a human aspiration, it was also a dual dynastic process, with both the weakening and strengthening of principalities going on at the same time.

10 During the reigns through the 1340s and 1350s of Ivan I's immediate successors, his sons Semen the Proud and Ivan II, Moscow's policies remained broadly the same, as did those of Tver and other rival principalities. The threat was fairly constant of Tatar intervention on the one side and of Lithuanian intervention on the other, while the princely families quarrelled among themselves about seniority and rights of succession. At the death of Ivan II in 1359, Moscow lost the ascendancy for a few years at the beginning of the reign of his son Dmitrii.

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