Overcoming the Time of Troubles in Russia
At the turn of the 16th – 17th centuries in Russia there was a difficult internal and foreign political situation. Dynastic crisis caused by the death of the last of Rurikids; famine brought on by a succession of lean years, peasant uprisings; the Polish-Swedish intervention - all this has led to a civil war, questioning the very existence of the Russian state. Only the union of large popular forces – urban population, military men, free peasantry - helped preserve the independence of the country, restore the administrative and military systems and overcome the Troubles.
The collection dedicated to this historical period included various documents and materials reflecting the state of the Moscow state on the eve and during the Troubles, the struggle of various political forces for the Moscow throne and the people's movement against the conquerors. Particular attention is paid to political, social and church figures of the Time of Troubles.
- The collection, dedicated to participants of the second people’s volunteer corps (militia) Kuzma Minin and Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, who liberated Moscow from Polish invaders in 1612, includes publications of the 19th and 20th centuries, which cast light on the history of the volunteer corps, as well as materials commemorating the national heroes in Russian cities.