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Humanitarian sciences in Siberia

2012 year, number 2

Heirs of Glory of Siberian Pathfinders (Cossacks' Sons in the XVII Century)

A.A. Lutsidarskaya
Keywords: Siberian Cossacks, garrisons, special, social group
Pages: 133-141

Abstract

In the XVII century the grown-up sons of the Siberian Cossacks formed a special social group. In cases of emergency they served as a potential military force for Siberian garrisons. Some of the Cossacks' sons took the positions of their fathers or other kins in case of the latter's resignation or death. But the large majority of the Cossacks' sons were engaged in farming and trade. Gradually they dissolved among the other social groups, joining the ranks of peasants and small commodity producers.