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Appanage and Muscovite Russia

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

in Russian Identities

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156508
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199868230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156508.003.0004
Appanage and Muscovite Russia

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This chapter discusses the period that followed the collapse of the Kievan state, named after the udel, or appanage, the separate holding of an individual prince. It explains that typically, it was from the prince's will that a ruler would divide his principality among his sons, thus creating after his death several new political entities. This lead to the destruction of the tenuous political unity of the land. The chapter highlights that private law was prioritised at the expense of public law. It describes Appenage Russia not only by internal division and differentiation but also by external weakness and, indeed, conquest. It explains that divided Russia became subject to aggression from numerous conquerors. It adds that Appenage Russia was politically and economically weak. It narrates that the rise of Moscow was a major historical process, which started in obscurity and ended in triumph, bringing back Russia's greatness.

Keywords: Appenage Russia; udel; Ivan IV; Anastasia; Moscow; Orthodox Christianity; Mongol; Lithuania

Chapter.  21809 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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