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Voices on birchbark : everyday communication in medieval Russia

Author: J Schaeken
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019] ©2019
Series: Studies in Slavic and general linguistics, v. 43.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Voices on Birchbark Jos Schaeken explores the major role that writing on birchbark – an ephemeral, even ‘throw-away’ form of correspondence and administration – played in the vibrant medieval merchant city of Novgorod and other cities in the Russian Northwest. Birchbark literacy was crucial to the organization of Novgorodian society; it was integrated into a huge variety of activities and had a broad social  Read more...
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Schaeken, J., author.
Voices on birchbark
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2018
(DLC) 2018053091
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Schaeken
ISBN: 9789004389403 9004389407
OCLC Number: 1048941877
Description: xviii, 212 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I. Writing on birchbark. 1. Historical and geographical context ; 2. Sites and distribution ; 3. Dating and periodization ; 4. Writing technology and practice ; 5. Users and literacy ; 6. Intersections between birchbark writing and graffiti ; 7. Language and communication --
Part II. Communication in daily life. 1. Preliminary remarks ; 2. Commerce and finance ; 3. Law and administration ; 4. Estate management ; 5. Family life and household management ; 6. Learning to read and write ; 7. Church, religion, and folk belief ; 8. Witnesses to history ; 9. Non-Slavic on birchbark --
Part III. The pragmatics of communication. 1. Introduction ; 2. The orality factor ; 3. The role of the messenger ; 4. Communicatively heterogeneous letters ; 5. Social networks --
Some final thoughts.
Series Title: Studies in Slavic and general linguistics, v. 43.
Other Titles: Everyday communication in medieval Russia
Responsibility: by Jos Schaeken.

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"In Voices on Birchbark Jos Schaeken explores the major role that writing on birchbark – an ephemeral, even ‘throw-away’ form of correspondence and administration – played in the vibrant medieval merchant city of Novgorod and other cities in the Russian Northwest. Birchbark literacy was crucial to the organization of Novgorodian society; it was integrated into a huge variety of activities and had a broad social basis; it was used extensively by the laity, by women as well as men, by villagers as well as landlords. Voices on Birchbark is the first book-length study of this unique corpus in English. By examining a representative selection of birchbark texts, Jos Schaeken presents fascinating vignettes of daily medieval life and a holistic picture of the pragmatics of communication in pre-modern societies."--

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