The Livonian-Russian war

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1501

The Livonian-Russian war, taking place from 1501-1503, was the last successful war for the Livonian Order.

The war began because Russia had closed the Hanseatic trade corridor in Novgorod, and later on the tensions on the borders had escalated.

In 1501, Livonians made an alliance with Lithuania, who at that time was already fighting with Russia. The joint forces tried to conquer Pihkva town.

Ultimately, these tries failed, even though the battle of Smolino was won; the truce was signed in 1503, which was renewed on several occasion later on: in 1509, 1521, 1531 and 1551. This shows, that the Order preferred peace and kept things that way until the Livonian War broke out.


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