Geopolitical and Geo-Economical Conditions of Emergence of Ancient Rus’
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Geopolitical and Geo-Economical Conditions of Emergence of Ancient Rus’
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Social and political prerequisites of the emergence of the Old Russian state at the end of the ninth century (accelerated development of some of the East Slavic tribes) were created not only by the intrinsic factors such as the growth of the production and consequent stratification but also by external ones, first of all by the incorporation of first the North-West of Eastern Europe and later, in the tenth century, of its central part into the all-European economic system. Reorganization of the European economy after the fall of the Roman Empire and Arabic conquests led to the formation of a new economic zone by the ninth century. This zone included North-Sea and Baltic Sea regions as well as the Northern part of Eastern Europe as far as the Middle Volga. Intensive exchange of goods, first and foremost prestigious objects, silver and slaves in this zone which was tied up by a single system of communications stimulated the processes of social stratification, consolidation of central power and growth of power-holding structures with the formation of early states as ultimate result. These processes took place practically simultaneously in Northern and Eastern Europe with Scandinavians playing an active role as intermediaries between the West and the East.
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Ancient Rus’, Noth sea and Baltic regions, ancient economics, communication system
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22.07.2012
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31.08.2012
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