M. B. Bessudnova's book devoted to Russian-Livonian relations of the end of the 15th century is a large research, based on a great massive of sources, demonstrating new, unusual for Russian historiography view on this episode of the Baltic region's history. Author's monograph, devoted to Livonia and Novgorod before military showdown with the Great Principality of Moscow in 1501, continues series of scholar's works in the field of Russian-Livonian fron-tier's study. A few massive of documents are putted into academic practice for the first time; it is seen obvious careen of scholar to the history of “German” Baltic. However the author solves important generalized questions, concerning Russian
: History of Muscovite estate shaping in “German towns” in 1550s–1580s is closely connected with Novgorod, Pskov, Rzheva Pustaja as servicemen communities. These servicemen were the source for new landowners in the lands taken by Muscovites to the West from Narova river. Only Rzheva Pustaja was more or less studied already. The paper is an attempt to generalize the data on number and personal content of “German towns” landowners (mostly on sources of 1582) and to study the issue of the significance of the experience of making estates in Livonian lands for the day-to-day culture of Muscovite servicemen. Geography of Russian landownership in Livonia is under consideration. Also the historiographical discussions of the reasons of Russian Livonia project fail is studied in the article. Special attention is paid to the issue of Muscovite landowners evacuation from Livonia after military defeats of 1580–1582. Record books of Rzheva Pustaja and Novgorod Vodskaja pyatina included notes of the towns and districts in Livonia that have been left by the landowners. Other record books of North-Western Muscovy only mention the new strata of servicemen “new landowners of German towns”. Special groups of “Rugodiv and Jurjev newly baptized [tartars]” and “Cossacks from Govje” were also separately mentioned in the record books. In the last period of Livonian War not only Livonia itself but also some border districts of former Novgorod land were left by Muscovites. In 1582 – 1583 the Moscow Government also took responsibility for the landowners from that lost districts. V. A. Arakcheev noted the order on the land security of those servicemen issued between January 23 and March 4, 1583. In early 1580s the landowners of “German towns” received estates in “abandoned lands”. Later Court lands were spread between them.