2019, vol. 7, no. 2. Halperin Ch.J.

2019, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 392-400

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22378/2313-6197.2019-7-2.392-400


Charles J. Halperin
Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Abstract: The latest monograph by Iurii Vasil’evich Seleznev of Voronezh State University, Kartiny ordynskogo iga, discusses the social and political interaction of Rus’ prin­ces with the Juchid ulus (the Horde) during the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. By examining trips by Rus’ princes to and from the Horde and the amount of time they spent at the Horde, the activities of Rus’ princes who became in-laws of the khans by marrying Chingissid princesses, Rus’ princely attendance at Horde quriltais (assemblies), how the Rus’ princes greeted khans who crossed Rus’ territory, Rus’ princely service in Horde military campaigns, possible Rus’ princely membership in the Horde’s Imperial Guard (keshig), the reception of Horde envoys by the Rus’ princes and the dispatch of Rus’ envoys to the Horde, and the judicial processes that led to the execution of Rus’ princes at Sarai or in the Horde’s nomadic camp, Seleznev demonstrates conclusively that the Rus’ princes had the opportunity to become familiar with Horde military strategy and tactics, Horde ceremonial and ritual, and Horde political culture. However, the question of the extent of Tatar inf­luence on Rus’ political institutions and identity remains a difficult one.

Кеywords: Rus’, Horde, Rus’-Tatar relations, quriltai, keshig, Tatar Yoke, Juchid ulus

For citation: Halperin Ch.J. Book Review: Seleznev Yu.V. Kartiny ordynskogo iga [Scenes of the Horde’s Yoke]. Zolotoordynskoe obozrenie=Golden Horde Review. 2019, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 392–400. DOI: 10.22378/2313-6197.2019-7-2.392-400


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About the author: Charles J. Halperin – PhD (History), Independent scholar, Freelan­cer (vneshtatnyi sotrudnik), Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana, USA). E-mail: chalperi@iu.edu

Received  February 28, 2019   Accepted for publication  May 17, 2019
Published online   June 29, 2019