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Muscovy and the Mongols: Cross-Cultural Influences on the Steppe Frontier, 1304-1589

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Overview

In this innovative and challenging study, Donald Ostrowski adds fresh and important insights to a pivotally important yet poorly understood subject - Mongol influence on Muscovy. Ostrowski considers here the outside origins and influences, as well as the indigenous origins and development, and shows that during the early period of Muscovy the dominant outside influences came through both Byzantium and the Qipchaq Khanate with its capital at Sarai. In considering these outside influences, Ostrowski has set out to study Muscovy as an integral and important part of world history.
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"...this a very well organized book.... This reinterpretive monoggraph is clearly intended for the serious historian." Choice

"Donald Ostrowski's bold, wide-ranging, argumentative book examines the competing influences that shaped Muscovy in its formative centuries and how Muscovites reconciled, incorporated, or adapted those influences and made them their own. ...the book is...an extraordinary feat, daring in its scope, its ambitions, and its successes." Valerie A. Kivelson, American Historical Review

"Doubtless, the book moves the study of the Mongols in Russia to a much higher plane. Ostrowski has succeeded in refashioning the terms in which the Mongol-Russian interaction will be studied for decades to come." The Russian Review

"Ostrowski is to be congratulated for offering a book that is both erudite and readable. He has taken on a well-worn topic and succeeded in delivering a fresh and insightful new treatment." Russell E. Martin, H-Net Reviews

"This is an engaging and wide-ranging book, based on an impressive scope of reading and research. It will interest not only historians of premodern Russia and the Mongol (or Tatar) Empire but also historians of the medieval Islamic world and the Byzantine Empire. In addition, social scientists and historians studying cultural interaction and influence should find it of much value." Speculum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521590853
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 1,382,658
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction: understanding Muscovy 1
Pt. I Mongol influence: what's what and what's not 29
1 Setting the scene 31
2 Administration, political institutions, and the military 36
3 Seclusion of women 64
4 Oriental despotism 85
5 Economic oppression 108
Pt. II Development of an anti-Tatar ideology in the Muscovite Church 133
6 Defining ideology 135
7 Anti-Tatar interpolations in the Rus' chronicles 144
8 Fashioning the khan into a basileus 164
9 Byzantine political thought and Muscovy 199
10 Third Rome: delimiting the ruler's power and authority 219
11 The myth of the "Tatar yoke" 244
Addendum: types of cross-cultural influence 249
Glossary 251
Chronology to 1589 254
Bibliography 266
Index 312
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