Unformatted text preview: No hereditary classes and a humane code of laws. Vladimir, near the Caspian, and Novgorod, in the north, were also important early Russian cities Prince Vladimir ruled Kiev in the early 12 th century. He held off waves of nomads from the east. His sons fought for power and this weakened the state. The Mongols sacked Kiev in 1240 Russian, except for Novgorod was decimated. Death and slavery for many. Mongols set up the Golden Khanate, a tribute extracting state in Russia The Tatars, the successors of the Mongols based in the Crimean peninsula, continued to subjugate the area through plunder in the 14-15 th centuries; sacked Moscow in 1571 Russia fears and hates the east and resents the west for abandoning them...
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- Fall '09
- Kiev, Prince Vladimir, Vladimir I of Kiev, Yaroslav I the Wise