Shliakhetstvo

Shliakhetstvo

 

a term borrowed from Polish (szlachectwo) and used in 18th-century Russia to designate the nobility. The adjectival derivatives are shliakhetnyi and shliakhetskii.

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Also in the genre of Begriffsgeschichte (the history of concepts or poniatiia) is the discussion of how the term dvorianstvo came to represent a unified noble soslovie--a concept that elite nobles resisted, preferring instead the term shliakhetstvo, because in Muscovite usage dvorianin referred to a lesser service noble.
16] Prelates from the nobility predominated because of the large influx of Ukrainian, Polish, and White Russian graduates of Kiev Academy, many of whom belonged to the Polish shliakhetstvo.