Shaposhnik V. V. Struggle for Power in Moscow on the Death of Vasily III and Russian Foreign Policy

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Title of the article Struggle for Power in Moscow on the Death of Vasily III and Russian Foreign Policy
Authors Shaposhnik, Vyacheslav Valentinovich – Doctor in History, Professor, Department of History, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; OrcID; Scopus ID 57203192817; Scopus ID 56292201400
In the section Commentarii / Articles
Year 2014 Issue 1 Pages 27-37
Type of article RAR Index UDK 94(47).043 Index BBK 63.3(2)43

The article concerns the events at Moscow court after the death of the Grand Prince Vasily III. Until autumn 1534, there was a keen struggle, which was won by the Grand Princess Elena Vasilievna Glinskaya. In historiography there is an opinion that the struggle was due to different approaches to foreign policy issues and the urge to push aside the descendants of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, who were adherents of peaceful relations with this western neighbor of Russia. However, the author believes that this point of view does not reflect the actual situation, since among Moscow nobility there were no powerful forces striving to maintain peace with Lithuania based on cession of territory required by the royal government. Besides, the natives of western and south-western regions of Russia did not represent a single group with common goals and positions with respect to foreign and domestic policy. It is the author’s opinion that actually there was a struggle for power, which was won by the Grand Princess.

Keywords Elena Glinskaya, Lithuania, Prince M. L. Glinsky, foreign policy, struggle for power
Full text version of the article Article language russian
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