Structures of Society: Imperial Russia's "People of Various Ranks"

  title={Structures of Society: Imperial Russia's "People of Various Ranks"},
  author={Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter},
A category of persons best defined by what they were not, the "raznochintsy" "people of various ranks" or "people of diverse origins" inhabited the shifting social territory between nobles and serfs in preindustrial Russia. Neither merchants nor clergy nor military servicemen, they may have been by occupation administrative clerks, teachers, artists, retired soldiers, or street vendors. In official society, they were outsiders. In this first major study of the "raznochintsy," Wirtschafter draws… 
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