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The Medieval River Trade Network of Russia Revisited

The Medieval River Trade Network of Russia Revisited

By Forrest R. Pitts

Social Networks, Vol.1 (1978/79)

Abstract: Medieval trade and communication along the rivers of Russia are considered as a social network. Two measures are presented. An intermediate node occurrence rate (Shimbel’s stress index) provides a measure of centrality. The short-path distances to all other places are summed to provide a system effort measure of accessibility. Both measures show Moscow to have been most central and accessible with aggregate least effort.

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