Community Organization of Siberian Coachmen in Late XVI – XVII Centuries
Author(s)Oleg V. Semenov
Keywordsmail staging post
History (General) and history of Europe
History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
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AbstractThe article, basing on the wide range of archival data, mostly introduced into scientific use for the first time, studies communal (secular and church) organization of Siberian coachmen in late XVI – XVII centuries. The paper touches upon the issue, concerning the time of its establishment, thoroughly characterizes the structure, functions and officials. The features of interrelation between coachmen ‘world’ and state and other corporate communities of the region are showed. The conclusion that, despite the dependence on the authorities, the processes of bureaucratization and the growth of the villeinage trends, common for the country, coachmen played significant role in the social life of Siberia is made. They intensively protected their interests and forced the government to consider them.