Shchavelev, Aleksei. The Rurikids’ Polity in the first half of the 10th century: Chronology, Territory & Social Structure

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Title of the article The Rurikids’ Polity in the first half of the 10th century: Chronology, Territory & Social Structure
Authors Shchavelev, Aleksei Sergeevich — PhD in History, senior researcher, Centre of “Eastern Europe in Ancient and Medieval World”, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
In the section Miscellanea / Miscellanea
Year 2017 Issue 1 Pages 82-112
Type of article RAR Index UDK; BBK UDK 94(367), 94(368), 94(47).01, 94(47).02; BBK 63.3(2)4 Index BBK 10.21638/11701/spbu19.2017.106

The paper provides an attempt of a comprehensive reconstruction of the absolute chronology of Rurikid’ polity in the first half of the 10th century, its historical geography and territorial organization during this period. Separately, is made an attempt to recreate the model of the social structure of communities of Rus’ in the first half – the middle of the 10th century by simultaneous written sources in a comparison with the data of first Russian chronicles.

The paper substantiates that the Rurikid’s polity was created in the half a century between the conventional 910 and 960 years. Geographically this polity consisted of two of nuclear territories — the «southern» around Kiev and the «northern» around Novgorod, around which had been formed the zones for racketeering by Rus’. Rus’ was quite homogeneous society in which varied hereditary and acquired individual status, but had not yet been established rigid social hierarchy. It was a militant political community with a hereditary position of its leader (ruler). By the middle of the 10th century there was an allocation of the princely family of Rurikids as a conical ruling clan.

Keywords Rus’, first Rurikids, chronology, historical geography, political anthropology, social history of Eastern Europe 
Full text version of the article. Article language Russian
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