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God, Tsar, and PeopleThe Political Culture of Early Modern Russia$
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Daniel B. Rowland

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501752094

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501752094.001.0001

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Kurbskii and the Historians

Kurbskii and the Historians

(p.3) Chapter 1 Kurbskii and the Historians
God, Tsar, and People

Daniel B. Rowland

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Prince Andrei Mikhailovich Kurbskii, who was descended from the princes of Yaroslavl´ and was remotely connected to the family of the Tsaritsa Anastasia. It covers Kurbskii's successful military career, of which he served both in the sieges of Kazan´ and in the Livonian war a year before his flight to Poland-Lithuania on April 30, 1564. It also cites History of Ivan IV which documents Kurbskii's own accounts of his military career. The chapter examines the interpretations by three of the most influential Russian historians: Karamzin, Solov´ev, and Kliuchevskii in relation to Kurbskii's role in Russian history. It explores fine points of interpretation and small increments of meaning that the three Russian historians had laid over or injected into the words of the Kurbskii statements.

Keywords:   Prince Andrei Kurbskii, military career, Poland-Lithuania, Russian history, Kurbskii statements

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