Book Review on: Igor Y. Froyanov. Lectures on Russian History. Kievan Rus. St. Petersburg, Russkaya Kollektsiya. 2015. 1048 p.

Bylye Gody. 2016;40(2):532-539


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Journal Title: Bylye Gody

ISSN: 2073-9745 (Print); 2310-0028 (Online)

Publisher: Sochi State University

LCC Subject Category: History (General) and history of Europe: History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics

Country of publisher: Russian Federation

Language of fulltext: English, Russian

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Victor S. Brachev (St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation)

Matvey F. Polynov (St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation)


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Abstract | Full Text

The authors focused their attention on the published in 2015 first part of the lecture course on the history of Kievan Rus by professor in history of Russia I.Y. Froyanov. As a historian he is known primarily for his concept of pre–class origin and the veche, popular assembly system of the Ancient Russian state (East Slavic tribal Union in the late X–XI centuries). As it is shown in lectures by I.Y. Froyanov, the existence of an early feudal monarchy in Russia in the IX–X centuries is completely out of the question in spite of the majority of Russian historians opinion. According to the scientist, the mainstream development or the development scheme of Old Russian statehood is the Eastern Slavic Union of the X–XI century (Kievan Rus) and followed volosts (city–states in Ancient Rus). The lectures by I.Y. Froyanov are based on that statement. In this respect it is difficult to overestimate their importance. There is hardly a scientific work from all has been written by I.Y. Froyanov, where his concept found such detailed and reasoned statement.