Ethnicity as social rank: Governance, law, and empire in Muscovite Russia*

  title={Ethnicity as social rank: Governance, law, and empire in Muscovite Russia*},
  author={Matthew Paul Romaniello},
  journal={Nationalities Papers},
  pages={447 - 469}
  • M. Romaniello
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • History
  • Nationalities Papers
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