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The Cambridge History of Russia. From Early Russia to 1689 by Maureen Perrie

By Maureen Perrie

This primary quantity of the Cambridge heritage of Russia covers the interval from early ('Kievan') Rus' to the beginning of Peter the Great's reign in 1689. It surveys the advance of Russia throughout the Mongol invasions to the growth of the Muscovite nation within the 16th and 17th centuries and bargains with political, social, financial and cultural concerns lower than the Riurikid and early Romanov rulers. the amount is organised on a essentially chronological foundation, yet a couple of normal subject matters also are addressed, together with the bases of political legitimacy; legislations and society; the interactions of Russians and non-Russians; and the connection of the nation with the Orthodox Church. The overseas crew of authors comprises the most recent Russian and Western scholarship and provides an authoritative new account of the formative 'pre-Petrine' interval of Russian background, earlier than the method of Europeanisation had made an important effect on society and tradition. Cambridge Histories on-line

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F. : Pennsylvania State University Press; and Stroud: Sutton, 1999); Valerie A. Kivelson, ‘Male Witches and Gendered Categories in Seventeenth-Century Russia’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 45 (2003): 606–31. 13 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 m au r e e n pe r r i e range of sources available for most of Western Europe, constitutes a major constraint on the types of history which can be written, the approaches which can be employed, and the questions which can be answered.

Although rather poorly drained historically, this area, with its turfy podzols and grey forest soils developed on loess, and with pine together with broadleaved forests of beech, hornbeam and oak, provided numerous opportunities for peasant farmers. North-east of the Dnieper lowland, on the interfluve between the Volga and the Oka (the district forming the heartland of the Muscovite state), agricultural settlement was greatly influenced by a detailed topography which reflected the effects of underlying geology, glacial deposition and fluvial action.

J. Halperin, ‘Edward Keenan and the Kurbskii–Groznyi Correspondence in Hindsight’, JGO 46 (1998): 376– 403; and Edward L. Keenan, ‘Response to Halperin, “Edward Keenan and the Kurbskii– Groznyi Correspondence in Hindsight”’, JGO 46 (1998): 404–15. A more recent work of source scepticism is Edward L. : Harvard University Press, 2004). 95 0–1 300 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002). 9 See V. L. Ianin’s chapter in this volume. g. , and London: Cornell University Press, 2000). 11 Finally, accounts written by Russian ‘defectors’ abroad, such as Prince Andrei Kurbskii in the sixteenth century and Grigorii Kotoshikhin in the seventeenth,12 contain useful written evidence of a kind which is not found in internally generated native sources.

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