Register | Login


When Ivan the Terrible, the Grand Prince of Moscow and the first Tsar of Russia, ascended the throne in the middle of the 16th century, he decided to put an end to the Khanate of Kazan, a medieval Bulgarian-Tatar Turkic state occupying the territory of former Volga Bulgaria, and ruled by the descendants of Genghis Khan. The Khanates and the Muscovites had been at conflict for the last hundred years. The bone of contention between the two was Kazan’s strategic location on the Volga River near its confluence with the Kama, the major river in the western Ural Mountains. As long as Kazan existed as a threat, Russian movement into and beyond the Urals, as well as south toward the Caspian Sea, was blocked.

sviyazhsk-7

Photo credit: vershinatur.com

Read more »
© Amusing Planet, 2016.


Loading...

The Collapse of Marib Dam And The Fall of an Empire
The Collapse of Marib Dam And The Fall of an Empire
The Salt Mining Elephants of Mount Elgon
The Salt Mining Elephants of Mount Elgon
The Boot Monument How America Remembers Its Most Infamous Traitor
The Boot Monument How America Remembers Its Most Infamous Traitor
Halifax Gibbet The Infamous Forerunner to The Guillotine
Halifax Gibbet The Infamous Forerunner to The Guillotine
Hotel Belvdre The Iconic Swiss Hotel on The Edge of The Rhone Glacier
Hotel Belvdre The Iconic Swiss Hotel on The Edge of The Rhone Glacier
Tarpeian Rock The Cliff Romans Threw Their Traitors From
Tarpeian Rock The Cliff Romans Threw Their Traitors From
The Hitachi Tree of Moanalua Gardens
The Hitachi Tree of Moanalua Gardens
Wrangel Island The Island of Polar Bears And Wooly Mammoth
Wrangel Island The Island of Polar Bears And Wooly Mammoth