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The nobility of Moldavian State in the second half of the XVIIth century and beginning of the XVIIIth one (Historical-genealogical studying)

Author: Bacalov Sergiu
Degree:doctor of history
Speciality: 07.00.02 - History of Romanians (with specification of time period)
Scientific adviser: Demir Dragnev
doctor habilitat, professor, Institute of History of the ASM
Scientific council:


The thesis was presented on the 21 December, 2007
Approved by NCAA on the 17 April, 2008


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CZU 94(=135.1) (043.2)

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The main aim of the present work is the historical-genealogical research of privileged groups from the Moldavian State in the in the second half of XVII century and beginning of the XVIIIth one. Touching upon the economic and social-political activity of representative boyars ten generations from the genealogical point of view.

In the first chapter of the work we present basic criteria of the nobility essential features determination, as well as possession of manor, as well as possession of high posts and genealogical segment: boyar family.

In the second chapter we executed a studying regarding the indigenous nobility from Moldavian State, researching this category on the base of five representative generations of upper and lower, old and new nobility. It is examined representatives of such families as Boul, Jora, Mihulet and Durac.

The third Chapter includes selective studying of representative foreign boyar families (Balkan and Caucasian) on the base of same criteria: degree of influence in the society, value of property, antiquity of family. It is studied on the base of such boyars as Cantacuzino, Stamati, Cerchea and Abaza.

The historical-genealogical research of privileged groups from the Moldavian State in the second half of XVII century and beginning of XVIII one permits us to understand process of some big and old indigenous boyar families gradual destruction and their substitution with new ones of foreign or local origin which were accommodated to the new conditions of the epoch. The same phenomena appears in the small families environment. Massive pauperization provokes to hierarchic degradation of the lower nobility. Only those boyar families are examined who could create strong familiar relations with the new nobility.