HIS103Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Neka, General Idea, Tsardom Of Russia
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Treason was seen as an evil deed that truly threatened the Muscovite state.
The Muscovite Law Code represented the ideologies in relation to the state of
Muscovy and their conception of power. The Law Code gives a general idea of what
constituted treason in Muscovy; the attempts to fracture or falter the well-being of
the sovereign and to destroy, seize or question the control of the Muscovite state.
This reflects conceptions of power in the Muscovite state; expressing the ruler’s
right to rule unconditionally, and the people’s duty to follow and respect the ruler
and the laws unconditionally, by presenting the ruler as not open to outside
criticism or opinions and one who must have constant dominance over the people.
A part of what constituted treason in Muscovy are the attempts to destroy,
seize control or question the Muscovite state. Being punished with death is a
reflection of the Tsar ruling unconditionally. This concept of ruling unconditionally
is shown through many of the codes in the Muscovite Law Code. The law regarding
the effort to seize control of the Muscovite state is an example of this.
…if in the realm of his tsarist majesty, someone, desiring to seize
possessions of the Muscovite state and to become sovereign, begins to
assemble an armed force to effect his evil intention; or, if someone
proceeds to make friends with enemies of [his] tsarist majesty, and to
establish secret relationships by [exchanging] advisory letters, and to
render them aid in various ways so that those enemies of the sovereign,
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