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"Всеблажайший изрядного тщания труд": у истоков трудовой этики староверов

Экономический вестник. 2014. № 4. С. 15-29.

In the course of birth and germination of the labour ethics of the early oldbelievers as it is proved by the analysis of the Vyg commune materials – the largest oldbelievers center of the 18th century first half – was overcame the traditionalist attitude towards labour only as naturally occurring man’s obligation and punishment for the sins. Was formed a mental concept of “good intention labour” under which the labour was presented as a soul saving Christian deed. The condition for such evaluation was the consecration of labour results to the oldbelievers’ commune. The main objective of the concept was the preservation of the “true belief”, ensuring the commune survival under severe conditions of the Russian North and persecutions. Such labour ethics, which is more characteristic for the New Times, was formed under the influence of different factors’ complex, among which the hypertrophic eschatological attitude of the oldbelievers was of great importance, same as at the West in a certain historic period, what helped to overcome the traditionalism routine.