The Social Structure of Russia in the Early Middle Ages
By Knud Rahbek Schmidt
Xle Congres International des Sciences Historiques (Uppsala, 1960)
Introduction: This brief sketh is in no way meant as an attempt to offer an exhaustive or final solution to the problems concerning the social structure of Russia in the early Middle Ages. The aim of the author has been, firstly, to outline the apparently incompatible prevailing opinions in this field and to probe the more or less contemporary sources on which these opinions are based, secondly, from these sources to point to some principal lines in the historical development of the social terminology of the period, and finally to discuss the possibility of establishing contact between the competing conceptions, from a study of social terminology.