The Origins of the Old Rus' Weights & Monetary Systems - Two Studies in Western Eurasian Metrology & Numismatics in Seventh to Eleventh (Hardback)
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The Origins of the Old Rus' Weights & Monetary Systems - Two Studies in Western Eurasian Metrology & Numismatics in Seventh to Eleventh (Hardback)

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This work charts the influence of Western European, Arabic, Khazaro-Bulgarian and, later, Byzantine metrological and numistatic systems on the development of these systems in Kyivan Rus'. Beginning with a survey of the weights and monetary systems extant in Eurasia in the 7th to the 11th centuries, Pristak goes on to solve many of the fundamental problems that have existed for over a century in the study of Old Rus' metrology and numistatics. Many of Pristak's conclusions challenge conventional theories in this field.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780916458485
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm


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Facts, figures and fonts abound, but do not be put off. For dedicated historians and numismatists it is well worth the effort.--D. L. F. Sealy "Slavic and East European Review [UK] "
As the title indicates, this book explores two distinct but related topics: the various monetary-weight systems that developed in European Russia during the Viking Age and the Rus' coinage of the Kievan era...These two essays constitute an important contribution to our knowledge of Rus' metrology and numismatics. While particular interpretations can be disputed, Pritsak's essays are marked by extraordinary erudition, a number of inspired insights, a western Eurasian view that transcends the narrow confines of the Rus' lands, and the collection in one place of invaluable metrological data on diverse monetary-weight systems. Although we may not always agree with Pritsak, we are indebted to him for these essays which, hopefully, may stimulate further research on the monetary systems of European Russia in the Viking Age.--Thomas S. Noonan "Russian Review "

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