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Chernihiv and the Battle of Kalka (1215-1223)

Nicholas Zharkikh

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Events of 1215 – 1220

Polovtsians complain about Tatars

Russian princes were afraid of the Polovtsy

Approximate chronology of events

What did the Tatars do?

Campaign of Russian princes

The reasons for the defeat

The consequence of the great defeat of the Rus’ forces in Kalka was the addition of the Tatar intelligence report: the western steppe is cut by several large rivers flowing from the north, from the land of the Rus’. The Rus’ have statehood, princes and fortified cities, but the people are weak, it is easy to beat them.

And this information had a certain significance for further events…