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User avatar #135 - swedishassassin (01/18/2013) [-]
In response to the quote.... Russia was **** with its economy in the Middle Ages...
#141 to #135 - angelusprimus ONLINE (01/18/2013) [-]
Actually in MIDDLE ages Russia was very strong economically. It has built up its population (still fairly sparse compared to europe) created powerful military and was expanding.
Russia only started lagging behind in Reneissance and fell behind during early moden era because they wouldn't give up serfdom.
#150 to #141 - anon (01/18/2013) [-]
russia was never strong economically, until they expanded to the european border which wasnt until around the 1500's and 1600's and even then, because of the placement of their contry they had nothing to trade with other contries. if your going o try to be a smartass, please make sure your right.
#170 to #150 - angelusprimus ONLINE (01/18/2013) [-]
You could listen to your own advice.
After the plague. thats late 14th century, that left european economy in shambles Russia was hit much less then western europe, due to sparser population and better hygiene (steam baths) Russia was much less hit.
Since Russian peasantry was hardly hit at all, Russia became a main exporter of grain to Germanies, Denmark and what we would call Netherlands today.
That and quick expansion of amber mining created a boom with Russian nobility and helping Grund Dutchy of Muscovy grow, expand and setting up its developement into Russian Empire in mid 16th century.
History isn't ever simple. Keep learning.
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