In early times, Moscow was not a place of any consequence at all. It's rise really began under the grandson of Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod, and continued down the generations because, by chance, its rulers were usually survived by a single son who did not have to split his inheritance. The rise of Moscow, the atmosphere of the city and its Kremlin at the time of Ivan the Terrible are described in the 'Ivan' chapter of RUSSKA.




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RHUBARB - During the three centuries before the nineteenth, China had become so cut off from Europe that senior mandarins were quite unsure where Britain was. They’d even been told that the western barbarians needed to import herbal rhubarb from China (a medicine), and that they would die if they couldn’t get it.

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