Siege of Moscow (1382) - Background

Background

After the death of Berdibeg, the Blue Horde fell into anarchy, with local khans in various places of the Horde's domains. During this time, Mamai Khan emerged as a kingmaker in the political scenario of the Blue Horde. However, in 1380 Mamai was defeated by Dmitri Donskoi in the Battle of Kulikovo, and shortly after was assassinated in Caffa. However, in 1378 Tokhtamysh, descendant of Orda Khan and ally of Tamerlane, assumed the power in the White Horde, and then annexed Blue Horde by fording across the Volga and quickly annihilated an army sent by Muscovy. After that he united the hordes and formed the Golden Horde.

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