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Muscovy and the Mongols: Cross-Cultural Influences on the Steppe Frontier, 1304-1589 / Edition 1

Muscovy and the Mongols: Cross-Cultural Influences on the Steppe Frontier, 1304-1589 / Edition 1

by Donald OstrowskiDonald Ostrowski


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521894104
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/20/2002
Edition description: FIRST/REPRINT
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: understanding Muscovy; Part I. Mongol Influence: What's What and What's Not: 1. Setting the scene; 2. Administration, political institutions and the military; 3. Seclusion of women; 4. Oriental despotism; 5. Economic oppression; Part II. Development of an Anti-Tatar Ideology in the Muscovite Church: 6. Defining ideology; 7. Anti-Tatar interpolations in the Rus' chronicles; 8. Fashioning the Khan into a Basileus; 9. Byzantine political thought and Muscovy; 10. Third Rome - delimiting the ruler's power and authority; 11. The myth of the 'Tatar Yoke'; Addendum: types of cross-cultural influence; Glossary; Chronology; Works cited; Abbreviations; Sources; Studies.

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