Moscow appanage was insignificant until in 1276 the Mongols gave it to Nevsky’s son Danil as gift for collaboration, – Harvard Professor Richard Pipes


Richard Pipes (July 11, 1923 – May 17, 2018) was an American academic who specialized in Russian and Soviet history. In 1976, he headed a team of analysts organized by the CIA who analyzed the strategic capacities and goals of the Soviet military and political leadership. (Wikipedia)

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“In the policy of collaboration, no one excelled the branch of Nevsky’s family ensconced in what in the thirteenth century was the insignificant Moscow appanage carved out in 1276 for Nevsky’s son, Danil Aleksandrovich. Danil’s son, Iurii, managed in 1317 to secure for himself the hand of the khan’s sister and the title to Vladimir to go with it.” (Russia Under the Old Regime)

The picture for this article is the one used by a Czech Catholic priest Irzhi David who spent several years in Moscow at the end of the 17th century. (Cyclowiki)

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