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Russia's first civil war : the Time of Troubles and the founding of the Romanov dynasty

Author: Chester S L Dunning
Publisher: University Park, Penn. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The Time of Troubles was a period of great upheaval in Russian history. It began when the ancient ruling dynasty died out in 1598 and Boris Godunov defeated rival boyars to become the tsar. For more than a decade thereafter, Russia was plagued by dynastic struggle, devastating famine, widespread uprisings, and invasion by Polish and Swedish armies. Russia's state crisis was so severe that it nearly destroyed the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chester S L Dunning
ISBN: 0271020741 9780271020747
OCLC Number: 43607490
Description: xiii, 657 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: A Comparative Approach to the Problem of Origins of the Civil War --
Long-Term Origins: The Growth of Autocracy and Imperialism --
Ivan the Terrible and Russia's Slide into Crisis --
The Rise of Boris Godunov, the Uglich Tragedy, and Enserfment --
The Southern Frontier and the Cossacks --
The Beginning of the Time of Troubles and the Great Famine --
What Triggered the Civil War? --
The Pretender Dmitrii Ivanovich --
Dmitrii's Invasion and the Beginning of the Civil War --
Tsar Boris Strikes Back and the Civil War Widens --
The Death of Tsar Boris and Dmitrii's Triumph --
The Short Reign of Tsar Dmitrii --
Assassination of the Tsar --
Vasilii Shuiskii Seizes Power and Rekindles the Civil War --
The Beginning of the "Bolotnikov Rebellion" --
The Civil War Widens and the Rebels Advance to Moscow --
The Siege of Moscow --
Retreat from Moscow, the Siege of Kaluga, and the Rise of Tsarevich Petr --
Collapse of the Siege of Kaluga and the Beginning of Tsar Vasilii's Offensive --
The Siege of Tula and the Resurrection of "Tsar Dmitrii" --
Tsar Vasilii's Struggle Against the Tushino Impostor --
Foreign Intervention and the Formation of the National Liberation Movement --
The End of the Civil War and the Election of Mikhail Romanov --
Tsar Mikhail and the End of the Time of Troubles --
Disturbing Legacy.
Responsibility: Chester S.L. Dunning.


The civil war fought in Russia between 1598 and 1613 has often been interpreted as a social revolution of the Russian masses against serfdom. This title seeks to overturn that view and demonstrate  Read more...


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