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a city in Kalinin Oblast, RSFSR. Situated on the Mologa River (in the Volga Basin) at its confluence with the Ostrechina River. Railroad station on the Rybinsk-Bologoe line. Population, 29,000 (1967). Bezhetsk is the center of an old flax-growing region. There is preliminary treatment of flax and production of agricultural machinery (flax pullers, flax threshers, flax-harvesting combines, and others) and technological equipment for tractor and agricultural plants in Bezhetsk. The city has plants for the production of building materials. There is a machine-building technicum and a medical school in Bezhetsk, as well as a museum of regional studies. In the city gardens there is a monument to the writer V. Ia. Shishkov, who was born in Bezhetsk.

The first reliable information about Bezhetsk dates to the 12th century, when the settlement belonged to Novgorod. In the beginning of the 15th century Bezhetsk became part of the Muscovite state. The bell tower of the Vvedenskaia Church (17th century), market stalls from the 18th-19th centuries, the Vozdvizhenskaia Church (1670), and the Preobrazhenskaia Church (1772) have been preserved.


Kirsanov, A. G. Krai nash Bezhetskii. Kalinin, 1964.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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We will begin with Professor Kamenskii of the Russian State Humanities University in Moscow, whose book on the small town of Bezhetsk in Tver' Province studies the earlier period.
The table of contents continues in this vein, with occasional chapter titles in the style of archaic chronicles ("Otkuda est' poshel gorod Bezhetsk" [Where the Town of Bezhetsk Came From]) or breathless tabloids ("Kriminal'nyi Bezhetsk" [Criminal Bezhetsk]).
Having chosen Bezhetsk for a case study of a typical provincial town, he set out to read every single one of its local-government documents for the period 1700-75 that are held by the Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts (RGADA), something that turned out to be a "more labor-intensive process than one might have imagined" (33).
He notes that local citizens readily admitted to having peasant roots (59), felt little civic pride in their town (103), and viewed service as watchmen as a state-imposed obligation, not a sign of municipal autonomy (116)--all ways in which Bezhetsk differed from towns in the West.