Friday, November 18, 2005

Battle of Kulikovo

625 years since the Battle of Kulikovo, where the Russians finally repelled the Mongols back to the east. How the Russians came about the battle and won. Also: a stamp and coins comemmorating the event, , and the battle scheme, and local musuem website

Not surprisingly, earlier this year Tatar officials let it be known they had no use for celebrating the battle. Even revisionist history maybe employed to temper ethnic tensions in this case.

Before the battle, grand prince of Vladimir and Moscow Dmitry Donskoy (shown charging above), famously noted that “If we win , we shall save ourselves. If we die , we shall all take a common death, a prince and an ordinary warrior alike.”

How the battle location looks today.


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