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Family ties as the political framework of the state: clan and society in medieval Russia (X-XVII centuries)
[Семейная Связь Как Политический Каркас Государства: Род И Социум В Средневековой Руси (X-Xvii Вв.)]

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  • Uspenskiy, Feodor (Успенский, Федор)

    () (The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)

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The work focuses on historical and philological analysis of representation of political realia, as reflected in terms of kinship and relationship by marriage, in Russian medieval texts (chronicles, hagiography, birch-bark letters, epigraphical writings, acts and law texts). The research resulted in a full corpus of usage of terms of kinship and relationship by marriage in the ancient chronicles. It allowed to demonstrate that the basis for political terminology was made up of kinship terminology. Reconstructing the way in which concepts of kinship and relationship by marriage influenced the perception of social hierarchy required full examination of dynastic and intradynastic marriages which served as one of the principal instruments of forming political alliances in the medieval world. Also, the terminology of mestnichestvo and сult of personal patronal saints was studied as an aspect of family and public devotion of the Russian elites in the 11th – 17th centuries. Comparative analysis of political vocabulary based on kinship concepts in medieval Rus’, Byzantium and the Northern Europe was conducted.

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  • Uspenskiy, Feodor (Успенский, Федор), 2020. "Family ties as the political framework of the state: clan and society in medieval Russia (X-XVII centuries) [Семейная Связь Как Политический Каркас Государства: Род И Социум В Средневековой Руси (X," Working Papers 052004, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
  • Handle: RePEc:rnp:wpaper:052004
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