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The Treaties Of Medieval Russia

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This chapter presents an overview of the treaties of medieval Russia. The earliest known Russian treaties date from the 10th century, but it is only from the 14th century on that a sufficient number of texts have survived to allow more than just speculation or a few general statements. The current concept of an international treaty is closely allied to the concept of the sovereign state. The first available treaty text after the 10th century treaties between Byzantium and the Kievans is a treaty which can be dated between 1189and 119912 and which was concluded between Novgorod the Great and Hanseatic partners. The treaties between the Russian princes of the Middle Ages cannot be understood properly without consideration of the starshinstvo principle. The people of Kievan Russia did not worry about whether they constituted a state, a federation or a confederation.

Keywords: Byzantium; Hanseatic partners; Kievan Russia; medieval Russia; Nizhnii Novgorod; Russian princes; Russian treaties; starshinstvo principle

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