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Unformatted text preview: Time of Troubles – Smutnoe vremya (1598-1613) Ivan IV was succeeded by his eldest surviving son Fedor. But his death in 1598 marked the end of the Ryurikovich dynasty. The succession problem was solved by the election of Boris Godunov as tsar, by an assembly known as the Zemsky sobor (Assembly of the Land). Boris hoped that his son might succeed him; but in fact his sudden death in 1605 was followed by a prolonged succession crisis, only finally resolved by the election of Mikhail Romanov as tsar in 1613. The Romanov dynasty had ruled Russia for more than 300 years. A fifteen year period of Russian history known in English as the Time of Troubles and in Russian as smutnoe vremia , or “confused time.” This was a period of civil war in which the issues were very confused, since the search for a ruler was complicated by smoldering social discontent, political tensions and the dynastic ambitions of the king of Poland. The prominent part played by successive pretenders claiming to be the tsarevich Dmitry (Ivan IV’s youngest...
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course USEM 1580 taught by Professor Urbanovich during the Fall '09 term at UVA.
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