Levels of 11.2 per cent literacy among Cossacks in seventeenth-century Siberia are unmatched by dependable Studies on Muscovy, except amongst foreign officers. The criterion employed here is the rukuprikladstvo, a short text. A peasant near Moscow was unlikely to have needed these skills; to Siberian Cossacks, however, basic literacy and the ability to understand documents were crucial in sustaining their position and interests oil the Far trading frontier, which was essential to Muscovite military reforms and economy. Cossacks exploited the Russian north's grain Supply, taking advantage of literate practices. Imperial Culture facilitated interactions, but lacked trained lawyers or reliable legal status.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Slavonic and East European Review|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2009|
- power and distance