By Chester S. L. Dunning
Upon ebook in 2001, Russia's First Civil conflict greeted via students as a 'historical journey de force,' the 1st significant post-Marxist reassessment of the Time of problems. Now on hand in an abridged paperback, a quick background of Russia's First Civil warfare is fitted to lecture room use.
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Extra info for A Short History of Russia's First Civil War: The Time of Troubles to the Founding of the Romanov Dynasty
Where did all those people go? Some of them moved north of the Volga River, but many overtaxed and disgruntled Russians headed to the southern or eastern frontier. At first, the government itself had actively sponsored colonization of newly acquired territories, and tales of the high productivity of steppe soil brought many eager settlers. Soon they were joined by a steady stream of escapees from famine, plague, war, high taxes, and exploitation by lords. Less adventurous souls simply moved to nearby church, boyar, or crown lands where conditions were often much better than on pomeste estates; or they became landless peasants or sold themselves into slavery in order to pay their debts.
In similar fashion, Vasilii III used his large army of pomeshchiki (holders of pomeste estates) to complete the unification of Russia and, in 1514, to capture the mighty Lithuanian fortress of Smolensk, which firmly secured Russia’s western flank. ” Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Tsar Ivan quickly put his cavalrymen to work to create the Russian empire. The tsar’s gentry cavalry force was based in the provinces in which they held pomeste lands. Many of them lived in the countryside in log cabins, much like peasants; but most of them also maintained a residence in the town that was their district headquarters.
All things considered, however, it is highly probable that Boris Godunov did not order the death of Dmitrii. Instead, the Uglich affair was most likely part of a botched Nagoi plot to get rid of the regent. During the 1590s, Boris Godunov faced no serious opposition from his rivals; he remained unchallenged until the death of Tsar Fedor. Boris’s alliance with the Romanovs remained intact, and he helped advance the career of Nikita’s eldest son, Fedor Nikitch Romanov, the new head of the Romanov clan.
A Short History of Russia's First Civil War: The Time of Troubles to the Founding of the Romanov Dynasty by Chester S. L. Dunning