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The Modern Russian Historiography of the Don Cossacks in Pre-Petrine Russia

Student: Nikita Popovich

Supervisor: Evgeny N. Trefilov

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The history of the Don Cossacks and especially the period before the Peter’s reign is the topic that during last decades was actively developed in Russian historiography. This paper demonstrates the main trends in the studies published after the collapse of Soviet Union and compares them with the works of the Soviet and pre-revolution historiography. The main object of the research is the complex of historian books and articles, written in modern Russia about the Don Cossacks in pre-Petrine period. The paper consists of four chapters, which were formed on the basis of several key topics that are especially discussion in the works about the history of the Don Cossacks until the period of the Peter the Great: the occurrence of the Don Cossacks, the image of Cossacks in the history, their role in popular uprisings and their relations with Moscow state. This paper concludes that although several historians continue the traditions of the Soviet historiography, for example, describe the Don Cossacks as a hostile element, struggled against Russian state, most modern explorers offer alternative standpoints, for example the conception of the compromise relations between these powers.

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