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5-06-2015, 21:35

Structures of Society: Imperial Russia's People of Various Ranks

Structures of Society: Imperial Russia's People of Various Ranks
Author: Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter
Structures of Society: Imperial Russia's People of Various Ranks
Northern Illinois University Press
1994
ISBN: 0875801900
Format: PDF
Pages: 215
Size: 124 Mb
Language: English

A category of persons best defined by what they were not, the raznochintsy"people of various ranks" or "people of diverse origins"inhabited the shifting social territory between nobles and serfs in preindustrial Russia. Not nobles, serfs, merchants nor clergy, raznochintsy may have been by occupation administrative clerks, teachers, artists, retired soldiers, or street vendors. In official society, they were outsiders. Wirtschafter draws on a rich array of archival, legal, administrative, and public sources to show how this important but elusive category functioned in Russian society from the time of Peter the Great to the late nineteenth century.

Structures of Society: Imperial Russia's People of Various Ranks

 

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