The Struggle over control of Kiev in 1235 and 1236
By Martin Dimnik
Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol.21 (1979)
Introduction: The years 1235 and 1236 are important in the history of Kievan Rus’ because they witnessed a major reorientation in the status quo between the families of princes. Historians have argued that the most powerful political centres during the first half of the thirteenth century, and more specifically, during the second quarter of that century, were the principalities of Galicia-Volyn’ in the southwest and Rostov-Suzdal’ in the northeast. They claimed that the other principalities, such as Chernigov and Smolenski, did not play a significant part in the history of this period.