I. Political Realities.
II. The Bureaucratization of government.
III. The Process of Self-Definition.
A. Legacy of the Mongols: "The White Tsar."
B. The Byzantine/Roman imperial legacy.1. The fall of Constantinople.
2. The marriage to Zoe Palaeologa.
3. The imperial seal.
4. The "Third Rome" theory.
III. Rebuilding the Kremlin: The Italian Renaissance in Muscovy?
IV. The fate of those who think and question: The Judaizers.