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Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia

Valerie Kivelson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451461
eISBN:
9780801469381
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451461.001.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

In the courtrooms of seventeenth-century Russia, the great majority of those accused of witchcraft were male, in sharp contrast to the profile of accused witches across Catholic and Protestant Europe ... More


Introduction: The Moral Economy of Desperation in Seventeenth-Century Russia

Valerie Kivelson

in Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451461
eISBN:
9780801469381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451461.003.0010
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This introductory chapter provides a background of witchcraft in seventeenth-century Russia. The key element in Muscovite magic is the intermingling of fantasy with the harsh physical realities and ... More


“To Treat Me Kindly”: Negotiating Excess in Muscovite Hierarchical Relations

Valerie Kivelson

in Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451461
eISBN:
9780801469381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451461.003.0006
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter explores the role of hierarchy in Muscovite witchcraft. Hierarchy was the natural condition of life in Muscovy, and everyone from the lowest serf or slave to the tsar himself answered to ... More


Witchcraft, Heresy, Treason, Rebellion: Defining Muscovy’s Most Heinous Crimes

Valerie Kivelson

in Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451461
eISBN:
9780801469381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451461.003.0008
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines why witchcraft was considered one of the most terrible crimes. In Western demonologies, heresy and its intrinsic treason against God were understood as integral and defining ... More


Power: “We Are Not Doctors but Delousers”

Golfo Alexopoulos

in Illness and Inhumanity in Stalin's Gulag

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780300179415
eISBN:
9780300227536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300179415.003.0008
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter illustrates the challenges faced by the Gulag medical-sanitation department. The principal task of this department was to maximize the number of working prisoners. Yet health care ... More


Selection: “The More (and Less) Valuable Human Element”

Golfo Alexopoulos

in Illness and Inhumanity in Stalin's Gulag

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780300179415
eISBN:
9780300227536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300179415.003.0009
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter explores a process of selection (otbor) with which the Gulag manages its disabled workforce. This process illustrates the degree to which camps, colonies, prisons, and settlements had ... More


Military Service and Social Mobility

Kelly O'Neill

in Claiming Crimea: A History of Catherine the Great's Southern Empire

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780300218299
eISBN:
9780300231502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300218299.003.0004
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter demonstrates how service, whether elected or appointed, had great potential as an integrative tool. It could also be used as a mechanism for preserving local social hierarchies. The ... More


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