the centre of power shifted from Quebec City to a more English-preferred settlementfollowing the Seven Years War, so did the political make-up of Russia shift after theinvasion of the Mongols. Both events have defined the respective future and identity of each nation. Perhaps the most controversial of all is the discussion of whether or not theTatar yoke was beneficial or detrimental to the development of Russia; many historians, both contemporary and from years past, have disputed the merit of both arguments. Therecan be no question, as will be seen shortly, as to the value or significance of thatenormous impact.From the initial conquest in the 13
century, to the eventual emancipation of Muscovy and the emergence of a unified Russia, the Mongols played an immense role inthe evolution and development of Russia from a political, social and economic perspective. Having endured a two hundred year period of rule, it can be hard to imaginehow an independent Russian government could emerge unscathed from any Tartar influence. The simple truth is that, regarding the political situation in Moscow, Russiamaintained many Mongolian practices and rituals that would later define the court andmanagement of the central administration. George Vernadsky, on his narrative on thehistory of Russia, cites one example involving court ritual and the treatment of ambassadors. While westerners, Vernadsky writes, were used to paying for transportationand lodgings when conducting an embassy, Russians regarded ambassadors as guests,and their stay and whatever expenses associated with it would be paid for by the state(namely, Russia)
. This was a practice maintained by the Russians that they inheritedfrom the Mongols, obviously due to the close relationship they shared during Mongolian
Vernadsky, George. A History of Russia: The Mongols and Russia. (New Haven and London: YaleUniversity Press, 1966), 388.