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State Power and Community in Early Modern Russia: The Case of Kozlov, 1635-1649
State, Power and Community in Early Modern Russia is a vivid reconstruction of life in one of the garrison towns built on Muscovy's southern steppe frontier in the early seventeenth century to defend against Tatar raids. It focuses on how the colonization process shaped power relations in a particular southern garrison community, both at the village level, within the land ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 12th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published March 19th 2004)
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Good in that it supplies the reader with a ridiculous amount of information about the governance of Kozlov. The last chapter is especially interesting, and if it weren't for that chapter, it'd get only two stars. Very dry, difficult to extract a thesis, no overall conclusion. If you want to know everything there is to know about steppe frontier garrison towns (including grain prices), this is the book to get.
Brian Davies, Professor of History, received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. Dr. Davies specializes in Russian History. He has additional research interests in early modern European, Ottoman, and Central Asian history and is especially interested in the comparative study of state building in the early modern era, subaltern social history, and the development of the capitali ...moreMore about Brian L. Davies...