I. A new focal point for the history of Rus'?
A. Issues of periodization.
B. Searching for the roots of later success.
II. Moscow emerges as a political center.
A. Some highlights.
C. The Grand Principality of Vladimir.
D. Moscow and the Golden Horde.1. Closeness of connections.E. Princely abilities and personalities.
2. The balance power in E. Europe.a. Rivalry with Tver'.3. Issues of administration: the gradual nature of institutional change.
b. The rise of Lithuania.
4. Moscow as a leader vs. the Mongols? --the real meaning of Kulikovo.
F. The Muscovite civil war.
III. Consolidation under Grand Prince Ivan III (1462-1505).