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  1. The Crisis of Medieval Russia 1200-1304 (Longman History of Russia)
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  2. The Crisis of Medieval Russia 1200-1304 (Longman History of Russia)

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John Fennell's history of thirteenth-century Russia is the only detailed study in English of the period, and is based on close investigation of the primary sources. His account concentrates on the turbulent politics of northern Russia, which was ultimately to become the tsardom of Muscovy, but he also gives detailed attention to the vast southern empire of Kiev before its eclipse under the Tatars. The resulting study is a major addition to medieval historiography: an essential acquisition for students of Russia itself, and a book which decisively fills a vast blank on the map of the European Middle Ages for medievalists generally.

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John Fennell
Brand: Routledge
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Be warned that if you get the print on demand version from Pearson, that there is a strong likelihood there may be pages missing. The copy I purchased second-hand is missing around 20 pages of text, making the book useless. If you can find an original printing with the illustrated cover from Longman, grab it, because this book is excellent.
This book was written by the late John Lister Illingsworth Fennell in 1983. This book is really the first book of trilogy of books written by Fennell on the subject of medieval history of the Principality of Moscow. As the title of this present book indicates, the period of time covered by this book is the period of time from 1200 until 1304.

Thus, this is the second volume in the trilogy written by Professor Fennell in 1968 was the" Emergence of Moscow (1304-1359)." This period of time includes the reigns of Yuri Danilovich (1304 until 1325); of "Ivan I" (1325 until 1340), brother of Yuri; of Simeon (the Proud) (1340 until 1353); and Ivan II (1353 until 1359), all Grand Princes of the Principality of Moscow.

The third book of this trilogy of books was Fennell's biography of Ivan III (called "The Great") written in 1961. It was the study of Ivan the Great that became the great passion of Fennell's life. Accordingly, the latter books... Read more
Fennell's book is a phenomenal overview of the period before the Mongol's invaded Russia, but focuses more on the decentralization of the Kievan state prior to the Great Invasion. This history does not privelege the Mongols with the transformation of Russia into an autocracy, but instead focuses on the internecine conflicts that resulted from the Rota system as the primary cause of the downfall of Kiev. Essential reading for historians of Medieval Russia.
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