It was difficult to hold together the vast domains conquered by Chinggis Khan and his successors because of the sheer distances and slow moving modes of transportation.
The power of the Golden Horde waned as Moscow grew stronger.
Both the Orthodox Church and Moscow benefited from the religious tolera tion of the Mongols.
Moscow was chosen as the seat of the Orthodox leaders because of its claims to be Russia's leading city.
When the princes of Moscow became the defenders of Russia in 1380, those claims got a boost.
The Golden Horde's victory over the golden and Timur's attacks broke the Horde and helped break the hold of the Mongols over Russia.
The conquest of the Mongols was a turning point in the history of Rus sian.
Changes in Russian military organization and tactics, as well as the political style of Russian rulers, can be traced back to Mongol contacts.
The Tatars were not responsible for Russian tsarism or Stalinist.
The desire of Russian princes to centralize their control may have been influenced by the example of the Mongols.
Russia's isolation from the Christian lands of the west resulted in new faith and commerce during the Postclassical Period.
On the other hand, Russia was protected from the attacks of many powerful kingdoms such as Poland and Hungary.
Russia was cut off from some of the key changes in western Europe that were inspired by the Renaissance.
The rise of a new military power in central Asia was welcomed by Christian leaders until news of the Mongol campaigns in Russia reached European peoples such as the Germans, Poles, and Hungarians farther west.