Yet more on Trenin


April 28, 2005 by AK

In the 10th century, Russia embraced an Orthodox version of Christianity and the Byzantine model of government, which set it apart from Germano-Roman Western Europe.

An amazing blunder. It is commonly accepted that the Rus’ of Kiev and Novgorod, both before and after the Baptism, was an un-centralized association of principalities governed by princes whose power was checked by their military retinue, local boyars, and the veche (a popular assembly) — the opposite of the Byzantine model. It is only with the ascent of Moscow, its annexation of ancient principalities and the expulsion of the Mongol Horde that a model of government resembling Byzantium emerges in North-Eastern Russia. That would be the second half of the 15th century the earliest, five centuries after the Baptism.


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