Social Forms of Organization of Military Communities in the Eurasian Steppe

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Discussion questions:
1. What in your opinion are the prospects of creation and usage of “cross-cutting” scientific classifications of paramilitary communities and their historical and comparative study?
2. What is the role of contact zones (border zones) in the history of paramilitary communities and in the evolution of their social structures?
3. What explains the unique and repeating features that appear in social forms of organization of different militarized communities? Can we talk about historical continuity in the emergence or development of such communities?
4. How accurate is in your opinion the description of the historical and cultural features of paramilitary communities through the concepts “male unions”, “age groups” (“age classes”), and “military (sub)culture”?
5. What role did symbols and rituals play in maintaining and reproducing the social structures of paramilitary communities?
6. How did force and violence, their cultivation and control practices influence the structure, composition and functioning of paramilitary communities?

Perevalov Sergey Michailovich, Candidate of Science (History), Independent Researcher.
Petrov Mikhail A. Lecturer, Institute of Philosophy and Social and Political Studies, Southern Federal University.
Sen’ Dmitry V., Doctor of Science (History), Professor, Institute of History and International Relations, Southern Federal University.
Yatsenko Sergey A., Prof. Dr., Professor at the Department of History and Theory of Culture, Russian State University for the Humanities.

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