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This front matter section of this book titled Law in Medieval Russia contains the table of contents, a foreword, a note on sources and the list of abbreviations. Much of the colourful Russian middle ages comes from legal sources: the treaties of Russian-Scandinavian warlords with the Byzantine emperors, the gradual penetration of Christianity and Byzantine institutions, the endless game of war and peace among the numerous regional princes, the activities of Hanseatic merchants in the wealthy city-republic of Novgorod, the curious relationships between the Mongol conquerors and Russian rulers and church dignitaries, etc. A discussion of more general questions of legal history and legal anthropology precedes the treatment of these various topics.

Keywords: Byzantine emperor; Medieval Russia; Russian-Scandinavian warlords



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