Positive Influence of Mongol Yoke to Russia

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Positive influence of Mongol Yoke to Russia

In the middle of 12th century, the Mongol hordes advanced on the Russian land. In Russian chronicles we can find such kind of words about that invasion: “For our sins unknown nations arrived. No one knew their origin or whence they came, or what religion they practiced. That is known only to God, and perhaps to wise men learned in books” (Answers.com). There are many opinions about influence of Mongol Yoke to Russia. Mostly historians and ordinary people focus their minds only on negative sides of Mongol reign. At that time were destroyed many cities, killed many people states like Chernigov, Kiev disappeared. Big territories of productive lands were under rule of nomads. From 74 cities of Russia 49 cities were destroyed, and 14 of them disappeared (answers.com). Nevertheless, we must remember, that there were positive side of Mongol invasion. During more than 200 years of occupation Mongols made big influence on political, cultural, economic, and social life of Russia. So, what was the influence of Mongol Yoke to Russia? Was it “dark time” of Russian history? Answers for these questions I want to find in my paper. Before the Mongol invasion to Russia many Russian independent states were not connected into one big country. They did not recognize power of the capital city. Actually, it was the reason, why Mongolian troops could occupy such a big country as Russia. Only under Mongolian reign these states were connected into one, at first Moscow state, then as a result to Russian Empire. Thus, Mongols gave start to creation of big, strong Russian Empire. This fact is recognized not only by Russians, but also by foreign historians and scholars. According to Professor Gerhard Rempel, “Mongol ideas and administrative usages paved the way for the establishment of the semi-oriental absolutism of the Muscovite tsars” (Rempel). Mongols had strict rules about administrative side of political life. That is why Russian...
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